Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter February 2005

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - February 2005

Fusion Fizzes in France Following Lift Fiasco

Members of BISC’s junior synchro team, Fusion, are entitled to hold their heads high after their performance in a top international in France on February 4-5.

The drama started even before the team had left the hotel in Rouen for the short technical programme section of the French Cup.

“We were waiting in the foyer for all the skaters to come from their rooms when three of them got stuck in the lift. The fire brigade had to be called to free them but they were trapped in there for 25-30 minutes,” said team manager, Sacha Hartley.

“It meant we were late getting to the rink and only had half the allotted time for practice. Although the skaters were quite shaken by the experience, they were still full of high spirits when they got out of the lift but unfortunately one of them fell in the short programme and damaged her wrist.”

Despite the fall, the team got respectable marks - including 3.5 from the Russian judge - for the technical part of the programme, skated to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Variations, and was delighted to score up to 4.1 for presentation. The marks were especially good considering Fusion was one of only three teams to have just 16 skaters - the other 11 teams all had 20. The Finnish, Russian and British judges placed the British team 13th but the other six judges placed it 14th.

Fortunately the team got to the rink without any problems next day for the long programme skated to a Queen medley. Fusion had been drawn to skate third in the first group of four and was hoping to beat the French team to finish 13th. But despite an excellent skate, Fusion again came 14th although the Canadian and British judges placed it 13th and there was only 0.1 difference in the technical mark given by the British judge to Fusion and the two teams above it.

Fusion was thrilled to have been given the chance to compete in the event – one of the most prestigious internationals in Europe and a qualifier for the World Junior Challenge Cup - after finishing second behind Nottingham in the British Junior Synchro Championships in Sheffield 10 days earlier.

“We left Rouen with heads held high,” Sacha added. “The standard of the competition was very impressive and it was a privilege and honour to be skating among some of the best teams in the world. It was a great eye opener for the team, the majority of whom had never been to an international competition before, let alone one as prestigious as this.” Fusion’s skaters, aged 12-19, had to finish in the top 10 in Rouen to qualify for the world cup.

Despite not qualifying, everyone connected with the team, including its coaches, David Phillips and Lucine Chakmakjian, is thrilled with the team’s performance. Skating for Fusion in France were: Kasia Bielska, Alix Carter, Kirsty Clarkson (short programme), Gemma Cross (vice captain), Sian Grimsey, Laura Hartley, Lucy Heap, Rachel Heap, Becky Highcock, Laura Highcock, Sara Holroyd (captain), Charlotte King, Alison Ryder, Jo Simms (vice captain), Alex Smith (long programme), Kirsten Smith and Lyndsey Steere with Steph Francis, Helen Ingram and Susie Race as alternates. Rebecca Fraser was injured.

* The club wishes all the best to its novice team, Ice Precise, which is to compete in an ISU international at Nottingham on Sunday, March 6.

The team’s official practice is the previous day when spectators will be able to see the Canadian, USA and Russian teams in action:

“They will see some spectacular skating if they go on the Saturday and they could support us at the same time. The Russians are superb and well worth the trip,” Sacha said.

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