Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter October 2003

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - October 2003

BISC Wins Hot Ice Trophy Again

BISC has maintained its place as the top club in the country when it comes to artistic skating.

Last year, 30 club members competed in a group artistic, skated to music from the film Moulin Rouge, which won the prestigious show number section in the National Team Challenge. And four club members won the Southern Ice Free Skating League's Hot Ice artistic competition on behalf of the club.

This year the club was pipped to second place in the NTC show number section at Lee Valley when it performed a superb routine called Arabesque which, like last year's, was choreographed by Jayne Campbell.

And on September 27 the club once again won the Hot Ice trophy which was again held at Gosport where Bracknell was in competition against the home club, Alexandra Palace, Guildford and Streatham.

The event is open to skaters who represented their clubs earlier in the year in any of the three rounds of the Southern League.

This time the club was represented by Holly Kirkbride, 13, who looked just the part as she skated a Carmen Miranda/Conga routine, and came third. The boys were represented by Chris Kerr, also 13, whose excellent Del Boy routine, complete with scaled down Robin Reliant which transformed into a disco, earned him first place.

Chris also skated in the class for groups of 2-4 skaters along with Laura Hartley, 11, Hannah Hetebrij, 13, and Robyn Vaughan, 11, in a hilarious routine performed to Michael Jackson's Rockin' Robin in which Chris played Jackson while the girls acted as adoring fans and plastic surgeons. It won second place which was enough to make Bracknell overall winners. All three programmes were choreographed by Jayne Campbell.

More BISC members qualify for championships

Four more BISC members have qualified for championships.

Charlotte Hester and David Truby are the third duo of club members - who have skated and trained exclusively at Bracknell - to qualify for the British Novice Pairs Championship.

Charlotte, 11, has been skating for four years and has passed her Level 6 tests as a solo skater. David, 12, has been skating for about three years and has passed his Level 4 tests. They teamed up to do pairs earlier this year and have made very good progress although they have not competed yet (see page 4).

They will be up against Bracknell's Seren and Luc Tudor at the championship in February when the sister and brother, who are now aged 12 and 14, will be going all out to win a medal after coming sixth in this year's event. Hayley McCole and Richard Thompson also qualified for this year's novice championship but pulled out because Richard was injured. They split up soon after.

Tamsyn Pack, 13, and Richard Boaden, 15, have qualified for the British Primary Ice Dance Championship in December after passing their primary competitive dance test and competing in qualifying competitions.

They came fifth in last year's British Novice Ice Dance Championship and were expected to win a medal this year. They were lying third after the compulsory dance section but disaster struck when Richard fell and cut himself badly during the original dance. They were placed fifth again.

The dancers will be following in the steps of club members Andrew Smykowski and Kira Geil, both aged 18, who won bronze in last year's British Junior Ice Dance Championship and have their sights firmly set on winning gold this year (see page 3).

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