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An update from Solway Skating Club
February 2016 News
Solway Skating Club thank Dolby Vivisol for their support. We have had a very busy but exciting and successful two months, with two of our teams retaining their places as British Champions in their category and three of our teams now also Scottish Champions as well. Solway Lightning took part in their first ever away competition and our development team took part in their first ever competition.
In January, three of our teams travelled to Nottingham to compete in The British Synchronized Skating Championships. More than fifty teams gathered for this national annual event.
Solway Stars, our most senior team, skated in the very competitive Junior B category, skating both a short program (to a remix of A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Preseley) and a free program, which they skated to Alice In Wonderland from the Tim Burton film. They beat five other teams to take the British Champion title, a place they now retain for a second year in a row.
Solway Stars Junior B British And Scottish Champions 2016
Solway Eclipse, skating in the Basic Novice section to the Puss in Boots theme music from Shrek, were also British Champions and skated a very strong performance.
Solway Lightning were at only their second ever competition and their first ever away event. They took part in the entry (elementary) section with 10 other teams, and skated a blistering performance, taking silver medal place, only just behind the elementary British Champions from the National Ice Centre.
Solway Eclipse, Basic Novice British And Scottish Champions
Solway Lightning, Scottish Champions 2016
Fired on by these successes, the teams began work in earnest for February’s Trophy D’Ecosse, the only regular International Skating Union (ISU) event to be hosted in the UK. This event in held in Dumfries and competitors came from all over the world, from the USA, Australia, Europe and of course, Great Britain. Trophy D’Ecosse is our favourite event, not just because it is Britain’s ISU annual event, but also because for us, it is our “home” event, held in our home rink, and the atmosphere from the packed crowd is electric.
Trophy D’Ecosse was particularly important to us this year as it was the first time we have had four competing teams participating in any event. Solway Comets are our very youngest team with some members just 6 years old. They entered the elementary section (along with Solway Lightning) and Comets threw themselves into it, bowling us all over with their enthusiasm and their sheer delight at getting to show us what they can do too. They came eighth and we were delighted to see them taking part and having such a good time. Solway Lightning, building on their recent success in Nottingham, blew us all away, improving on their British Score and winning the category, beating the current elementary British Champions and winning the title as Scottish Champions as well.
Solway Eclipse, in the Basic Novice section beat their competitors, winning gold medals and thus too became Scottish Champions in their category with a great performance and score.
Solway Stars wowed us all with their fast paced but technically challenging routine and after the free program section, they too took the gold medal plus title as Junior B Scottish Champion as well.
In all, our club has had a fantastically successful season so far, reflecting the dedication, teamwork and hard work from the teams and their coaches.
It’s not all work however. The highlight of Trophy D’Ecosse weekend is the Trophy D’Ecosse Ceilidh where teams from all round the world party together Scottish style, with a mixture of current music and ceilidh music with ceilidh dancing. The foreign teams learn how to ceilidh, and all the teams have a wonderful time. It is brilliant to see competitors from so many countries dancing together, chatting and just having fun.
Best wishes, From all at Solway Skating Club
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