Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter February 2004

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - February 2004


Test successes

Congratulations to Kira Geil and Andrew Smykowski on passing their Senior Competitive original dance test at ice Sheffield on February 27.

And congratulations to the following BISC members who passed NISA tests at Bracknell on February 9: Lesley Barker and Amber Jane Holmes – novice field moves; Eleanore Nicholls — novice field moves and Level 1 elements; Rebecca Fraser and Gail Tudor —Level 1 elements; Helen Ingram – novice field moves, Level 1 elements and free; Chris Squire – prelim field moves and Level 2 elements; David Truby -bronze field moves; Seren Tudor –bronze field moves and Level 4 elements; Rachel Jarvis — Level 3 elements and free and Levels 1 & 2 dance; Lyndsey Steere – inter-silver field moves.

200 Club

The winners of the February 200 Club draw were Rona Highcock and Christine Piggott who won prizes of £28 and £7 as less than 60 shares had been sold. Shares are on sale at the club table on Wednesdays or by contacting Scott Waller (phone 01344 774839 or email

Watch and Learn

The club now has a collection of ISU videos and DVDs designed to help skaters to improve their elements.

All the items can be borrowed free of charge for a week but members will have to leave a £5 deposit for each video or DVD they borrow from the club table, and there maybe a waiting list.

The titles are: How to Spin; How to Jump – axel, salchow, and loop; How to Jump – flip, toe loop, lutz; and Pairs. Each has sections about each jump/spin including history, technique, errors, corrections and skaters comments. They follow each element through from the basics to the more advanced stages.

Photo Permissions

We must have the consent of parents or guardians in order to publish photos on the BISC website of club members who are aged under 16.

Consent forms are available at the club table on Wednesdays or by asking a committee member. Would members who skate with a partner or as part of a group or team please ensure that the other skaters also give their consent.

Synchro Images

Photos taken of BISC’s junior synchro team Ice Metrics in 2000 are to go on show at a Reading art gallery.

They were taken by Donna-Maria Jones, who was then a photography student. She has told us that “some of the photos turned out quite well and I would like to inform you that the images will be showing through March at the Jelly Leg'd Chicken arts gallery in Reading.”

Mast Misery

If you stop at the petrol station at the top of John Nike Way and find that your car won’t start again … radiation from nearby masts might be to blame! Someone from Cardigan who wrote to the Daily Mail, found that, after filling her car with petrol, it wouldn’t start even though the lights and radio worked and the battery was OK. According to two mechanics who helped her push the car from the pumps to the parking area, this happens a lot. It is believed to occur when cars are left with their bonnets beyond the canopy … putting the engine in line with the garage aerial and the big mast down the road. It seems radiation from the masts triggers car immobilisers. The car start-ed without a problem once it had been moved.

Have you paid?

Don't forget that anyone who skates on club ice on Wednesdays must pay at reception for each part of the session they skate on-ie, 6.15-6.45pm, 6.45-7.30pm and 7.30-8pm.

Tickets must be handed to the duty committee member at the gate before going on the ice at the start of each session.

Copies of BISC News with colour photographs are now available, priced £1. Members can still get black and white copies free as part of their membership.

Diary Dates

2-8: European Championships, Budapest, Hungary.
TBC: Regional tests Dundee
13-14: British Novice Championships, Sheffield
25: Bristol Open

1: Regional tests Milton Keynes &, Hull
1-7: Junior World Championships, The Hague, Holland.
8-9: Bradford Open
8-9: Romford Open
11-14: World Junior Synchro Cup, Milan, Italy
13-14: Magnum Open.
22-28: World Championships, Dortmund, Germany.

1-4: World Synchro Championships, Zagreb, Croatia
1: Regional Tests, Swindon
19-23: Bracknell Open-Solo Ice Dance (19th), free (20th-23rd).
24-25: Kyle Open
26-28: Streatham Open

TBC Regional Tests Deeside.
BISC Inter Club Competition
10: Regional Tests Aberdeen
10-11: Lea Valley Open.

2-4: Blackpool Open
7: Regional Tests Nottingham 25-26: Bracknell Adult Open (free and artistic 25th, dance 26th).

5-6: Guildford Open
24-25: British Solo Ice Dance Championships.

1-4: British Championships, Nottingham

BISC News can only include details about how members are doing if it hears from them. Please make sure you keep the club informed by telling publicity officer, Scott Waller, about your achievements. You can do this by talking to Scott at the rink or by leaving a note for her either at the club table or rink reception.

Bracknell Ice Skating Club supports SKATING FOR ALL

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