Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter February 2004

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - February 2004


The number of members taking part in the new Friday evening sessions is beginning to grow as more appreciate the benefits of what is on offer.

Up to 15 are now attending the synchro development sessions from 5.15-5.45pm on Fridays and the numbers attending the dance sessions are expected to grow rapidly. The subsidised stroking and Annie’s Edges sessions on Fridays are also growing fast as skaters of all levels appreciate just how important these classes are and how much they will improve their skating technique, stamina and style.

Because these skills are so important, the committee has agreed to hold an extra session during club time on Wednesdays - the two higher subsidised groups at 6.15-6.45pm are to be merged with all skaters doing basic stroking.

Five go to Italy

Kira Geil and Andrew Smykowski members of the British Junior Squad, have recently taken part in a week-long training camp at iceSheffield for potential Olympic competitors and have been promised further international experience by NISA.

Meanwhile Bracknell’s other two dance couples, Tamsyn Pack and Richard Boaden, who won bronze in December’s British Primary Ice Dance Championship, and Rebecca Forsyth and Christopher Hockaday, who have just won the British Novice Ice Dance Championship, will be competing at primary level in the Europa Cup at Pinzolo, Italy, in April.

Simon Waller is to compete in the junior men’s figure skating competition at the same event followed by the Spring Cup in Luxembourg in which he came fifth last year.

International at JNLC?

The club is looking into the possibility of inviting skaters from Bracknell and Wokingham’s twin towns in Germany and France to take part in an international competition at Bracknell. Further details will be announced as they become known.

Inter-club event

BISC’s idea of hosting an inter-club competition at the JNLC on May 9 is set to go ahead.

The club decided to try to organise the event to compensate for not taking part in this year’s Southern Free Skating League and Hot Ice artistic competition. Basingstoke, Chelmsford, Gosport, Guildford and Romford have all indicated that they would like to take part and Basingstoke may hold a similar event of its own. Watch this space and the noticeboard for further information.


Full audited accounts for 2002-2003 are now available. They were not to hand at the annual meeting in October partly because the synchro section’s treasurer had changed shortly before the meeting and because a new auditor was appointed late in the year. An interim report was given at the AGM which showed that the club was in a satisfactory financial position and this is borne out by the final report which, with the accounts, can be seen on the club table.

Club chairman, Roy Welham, said: “I would like to thank the synchro and main committee treasurers for all the hard work they put in over the entire season, and our auditor for completing a very difficult task.”

Boy wanted!

A male skater aged 14-18 is needed to replace Simon Waller as one of the club’s two Junior Representatives.

This post involves passing on the needs and views of younger club members to the club committee which meets about every six weeks.

Speak to club chairman, Roy Welham, any committee member or Simon Waller for further details.


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