Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter July 2004

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - July 2004


From the Chairman

BISC chairman, Roy Welham, says he has heard that some parents were upset by the report in the May newsletter of the club’s Open. “I would like to assure you all that our club is fully committed to our slogan, Skating For All. “Unfortunately the ice time is required by all our skaters, of different disciplines and of different ability standards. Many skaters want just to enjoy the sport, with occasional competitions at club level and Opens to prove their own ability. Others have their sights set higher. To reach the higher levels requires determination, dedication, ability and, not least, financial resources. These skaters also require ice time separate from the others which is very difficult to find. Safety is an issue if these are mixed.”

Roy says that if anyone has any points to raise at anytime, they should put them in writing to him so that they can be taken on board and, if the writer wishes, be included in the newsletter to widen the debate.

“We have a very active committee that does its best to get the best use of the ice time available.

“We have nearly 300 members in BISC covering a wide range of skating disciplines, and there are other ice users. Bearing in mind that the rink has to cover the cost of ice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round, it is essential that open and club patches are fully used. If they are not busy, they will be offered to other users which we do not want to happen.”

Roy also congratulated all the skaters who represented BISC in the National Team Challenge for notching up good results and coming third overall.

“A competition with 10 clubs taking part is very exciting as I am sure you all found and it shows that we have skaters with abilities that are well above many other clubs.

“To hold this event at Bracknell would be even better so I am trying my very best to get our rink management to let us have the necessary ice time so that we can put our case forward to the organising committee for next year. Keep your fingers cross-ed!”

Membership Renewals

Club memberships are due for renewal by August 1st and, as the club will not be issuing personalised renewal forms this year, please collect a form from the club table or rink reception or download one from the club website. Please update your details and return the completed forms and subscriptions (£12 for individuals, £30 for families or £6 for associate non-skating members) to the club table or rink reception as soon as possible. Cheques should be payable to Bracknell Ice Skating Club. Please add your email address if you are happy to receive club information via email. If you have any membership queries or problems, please contact Gail Tudor on 01344 628714.

200 Club

The winners of the June 200 Club draw were Mrs C Francis and Wendy Dawson who won prizes of £29 and £7-50. Shares are on sale at the club table on Wednesdays or via Scott Waller.

Panto Videos

Videos of the 2003 pantomime are still available. They can be ordered at the club table or by contacting Roy Welham on 01344 883286.

Watch and Learn

The club’s collection of ISU videos and DVDs, designed to help skaters to improve their elements, is proving very popular.

For a £5 deposit for each video or DVD, they can be borrowed free of charge for a week from the club table on Wednesdays although there may be 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.

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

24-25: British Solo Ice Dance Championships, iceSheffield.

7-9: Dundee Open (accredited).
10: Regional tests, iceSheffield.
25: BISC fun competition night.

13-14: Chelmsford Open
13-17: Nottingham Open (accredited)
17-19: Paisley Open.
20: Swindon Open (accredited)
24-26: Northern Ireland Open (accredited)
27: Regional tests, Romford.
28: Regional tests, Nottingham.
29: BISC Gala
29-30: Alexandra Palace Open (acc)

3: British Adult Championships, iceSheffield.
4-5: Coventry Open (accredited)
9: 1st qualifier for synchro championships, NIC.
11-13: iceSheffield Open (free and dance accredited).
16-20: Scottish Open (accredited), Dumfries.
24-25: Welsh Open (free and dance accredited)
28: Regional tests, iceSheffield

1: Regional tests, Basingstoke
17: Regional tests, Coventry
21: 2nd qualifier for synchro championships, iceSheffield

1-4: British Championships, Nottingham
2-5: Junior Grand Prix final, Helsinki, Finland
15-19: Pantomime "Cinderella" at JNLC
16-19: Grand Prix Final China

23: British Synchro Championships
24-30: European Championships, Torino Italy

7-13: Four Continents Championship, Seoul, Rep. of Korea.
28-Mar 6: World Junior Championships, Kitchener, Canada

2-6: Synchro International, NIC
14-20: World Champioships, Russia

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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