Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter October 2004

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - October 2004


Test Successes

Congratulations to the following club members who passed NISA free skating tests on October 8:

Amber Holmes and Eleanore Nicholls — Level 1 free;
Yasmin Bell, Melissa Dron and Ellie Hetebrij — Level 1 elements and free and novice field moves,
James Bailey, Holly Jordan and Claire Minchinton — Level 2 elements and free and prelim field moves;
Rachel Kellas and Anna Minchinton — Level 2 elements and free;
Hannah Byrne — Level 4 free;
Jessica Ledermann — bronze field moves;
Hannah Hetebrij — Level 4 elements and free and bronze field moves;
Olivia Dick — Level 5 free;
Emily Farrow and Holly Kirkbride — Level 7 elements;
Charlotte Hester — Level 7 free.

200 Club

The winners of the September 200 Club draw were Janice Cross (£31) and Rona Highcock (£8). Shares are on sale at the club table on Tuesdays or via Scott Waller or by downloading a form from the BISC website.

What Next?

BISC’s committee is considering the best use for the club’s ice, particularly 9.15-10.30pm on Wednesdays and 5-5.30pm on Fridays. However, because of the imminent start of pantomime rehearsals, changes are unlikely to be made until the New Year. In the meantime, the Wednesday session will remain as a patch on which lessons may be taken, while the Friday session will be used for synchro development on the first Friday of the month and for whichever section of the club has most need (ie skaters preparing for championships etc).

Bracknell Open

BISC hopes to add a qualifying competition for the British Primary, Junior and Senior Ice Dance Championships at its Open next April. If it goes ahead, it will probably be held on the Sunday before the five days of solo dance and free skating competitions.
Provisional dates are April 24-29 for the Open and June 23-24 for the Adult Open.


Well done to club member Emily Farrow for finding time between skating to excel on the river!
She recently won the under 17s skiff marathon, held over 4 km of the Thames in Wargrave. The boats are set off at 20 second intervals and timed accordingly. Emily, 15, and her friend completed the course two minutes faster than the nearest competitor. Emily also entered three classes in the Wargrave and Ship-lake Regatta in August, getting into the finals of all three, and winning two. She was particularly delighted as she and the other girl had also won the girls race the previous year, when a few people indicated it had been a fluke. So rowing does have something in common with skating!!


The last edition stated that Michelle Bannister passed her Level 7 compulsory dance test in July. In fact, she passed the Level 7 compulsory and free dance tests last November. We apologise for the error.

Videos & DVDs

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

3: British Adult Championships, iceSheffield.
4-5: Coventry Open (accredited)
10: 1st qualifier for synchro championships, NIC.
11: Romford Open
11-13: iceSheffield Open (free and dance accredited).

13: BISC AGM 7pm, followed by BISC Committee Meeting 16-20: Scottish Open (accredited), Dumfries.
24-25: Welsh Open (free and dance accredited)
28: Regional tests, iceSheffield

1: Regional tests, Basingstoke
9: BISC Field & Dance Moves Competition
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.
12-13: British Novice Championships, Nottingham
24-26: Synchro International, Zagreb
28-Mar 6: World Junior Championships, Kitchener, Canada

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

23-24: Solo Ice Dance Champioships

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.

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