Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter August 2005

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - August 2005

BISC Members Win Title and Three Medals in Solo Dance Championships


A BISC member won a title and three others won bronze medals in the British Solo Ice Dance Championships at the National Ice Centre, Nottingham, on July 26-27.

A total of 19 club members qualified for this year's event - seven more than last year. Several were competing for the first time, including one at intermediate level, and three had moved up from primary to junior where Rebecca Forsyth, 14, who also competes with Christopher Hockaday at primary level in the British Ice Dance Championships, won bronze. Christopher, 16, who last year won the men's junior title, this year added the men's intermediate title to his collection.

The medal haul was considerably lower than in 1998 when BISC's 17 entrants won 10 medals, including four gold. But it did seem that Bracknell skaters suffered more than their fair share of mishaps.

One of the biggest disappointments this year, however, was that suffered by Tamsyn Pack, 15, who missed last year's championship because of injury but went on to win the Scottish junior title. Having notched up the best results of the five junior Bracknell girls in the qualifying competitions, she seemed a certainty for a medal this year. And she seemed on track after the compulsory dance section in which she came third. But she fell in her free dance which resulted in her coming sixth in that section and placed her fifth overall.

Claire Miller suffered a nasty accident in the warm-up for the junior compulsories which affected her skating and necessitated a medical check-up afterwards.

But there were some notable performances including Ryan Sowter, 13, who came third in the primary men's event, Stephen Moore, 15, who came third in the junior men's section, and Sadie Robbins, 9, who moved up from 16th in the novice girls' event last year to come eighth this time.

Neither Richard Boaden, second in last year's intermediate men's event, nor John Horne, who won the senior men's title last year, competed this time, both having decided to concentrate on their couples dancing - Richard hoping to qualify with Tamsyn for this year's junior championship.

And newcomers, Paul Dredge, 13, Laura Hartley, 13, and Rachel Kellas, 16, will be looking to improve on their positions next year, albeit Paul will have to move up from primary to junior.

Full Bracknell results:

Novice championship (fiesta tango)girls: Sadie Robbins (8th, 8th) 8th, Hayley Salmon 12th, 18th) 16th of 18

Primary championship (swing dance) girls: Charlotte Hester (13th, 7th) 9th, Laura Hartley (14th, 15th) 15th of 18; boys: Ryan Sowter (skating for Slough) (3rd, 3rd) 3rd, Alex Smith (skating for Slough) (6th, 4th) 5th, Paul Dredge (8th, 8th) 8th of 8;

Junior championship (tango), ladies: Rebecca Forsyth (4th, 4th) 3rd, Tamsyn Pack (3rd, 6th) 5th, Helen Ingram (6th, 5th) 6th, Fiona Piggott (7th, 7th) 7th, Claire Miller (15th, 14th) 14th of 18; men: Stephen Moore (skating for Slough) (3rd, 3rd) 3rd of 4;

Intermediate championship (starlight waltz), ladies; Michelle Bannister (8th, 5th) 6th, Leah Rogers (15th, 13th) 13th, Kirsten Smith (16th, 16th) 16th, Rachel Kellas (17th, 17th) 17th of 17; men: Christopher Hockaday (skating for Slough)(1st, 1st) 1st of 2.

Senior championship, ladies: Carly Emery (4th, 4th) 4th of 13.

* Former club member, Daniella Wilson, skating for Slough, was runner-up in the primary girls event. Hollie Deller, who trained for a short while at Bracknell before the championships but skated for Dundee, came 7th in the senior ladies event.

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