Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter April 2006

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - April 2006


Test Successes

None To Report


Anyone successfully completing a level of the NISA Passport, whether bronze, silver or gold, is asked to let Scott Waller know so that their ach-ievement can be recorded here and so the BISC test chart and club membership details can be updated. See foot of page for details on contacting Scott.

Meanwhile congratulations to Chloe Sharpe and Patrick Sharpe on completing their bronze, silver and gold Passport levels.

Synchro Latest

The club’s synchro section is to concentrate on building for the future in the coming season by fielding a junior team and development team.

It has dropped the idea of running novice and juvenile teams alongside the new junior team because rules prohibit having more than 50% of the same skaters in two teams. It means the new junior team - to be made up of last season’s novice team plus four more members - will be very young but it is hoped it will go on to provide a strong team for the future. The synchro development team will work alongside the junior team each week and will compete in a new inter-club competition.

Team manager Sacha Hartley and the coaches have praised the positive attitude of the skaters and the abundant team spirit they have already shown.
* Janice Cross has replaced Mike Cross as synchro treasurer.

Ice use changes

Due to rehearsals for the National Team Challenge show number and the gala plus practice sessions for members competing in the Bracknell Adult Open and the British Solo Ice Dance Championships, the subsidised group dance lessons from 5.45-6.45pm on Wednesdays have moved to Thursdays until the end of July. During this period there will be group lessons in both free and dance from 5-5.30pm and 5.30-6pm. All skaters may attend either or both.
The only exceptions will be weeks commencing May 8 when the NTC rehearsals will be held from 5-6pm on the Thursday and week commencing June 19 when rehearsals will be held on the Wednesday and Thursday.

The NTC final - the country’s biggest inter-club competition - is at Bracknell on Sunday, June 25, and the gala is on Friday, September 22. Both events are open to the public - there is no admission charge - and it would be lovely if all club members showed their support for BISC by attending and cheering on the Bracknell team.

Junior rep still sought

The BISC committee is still seeking a Junior Representative to serve as a liaison between the club’s younger members and the committee which meets at 7pm on a weekday about once every six weeks. Anyone aged up to 18 who might be interested should have a word with club chair Roy Welham on 01344 883286.

Training camp

The rink will be holding a free and dance training camp on July 26-28 with two hours on-ice and one hour off-ice each morning. The cost is £45.

Photography upset

Event organisers were upset when a second “official” photographer turned up for the first day of the Bracknell Open. He said he had been sanctioned by NISA but he was unknown to BISC which had already booked someone it knew it could trust, would provide a reliable service and adhere to child protection policies.

Even referee Noel Grimshaw knew nothing about it. He has already complained to NISA and BISC will be too.

Parents should consider whether they are happy for this man (or others like him) to turn up unannounced, with no ID, to take pictures of their children without their permission. If they don't like this idea then they should complain to Keith Horton at NISA.

Diary Dates


1-2: Solo dance qualifier, iceSheffield
7: Solo dance qualifier, Deeside
7: BISC coach trip to Snow White on Ice at Oxford
12-14: Dundonald Open
12-14: Blackpool Open
14: BISC’s Inter-club Artistic competition, Bracknell
19: Oxford Open
20: Sale of secondhand skates, etc, rinkside, 9.30-11am.
21-22: Lee Valley Open
22: BISC committee mtng, 7pm
23: Gillingham Open
28-29: Solo dance qualifier, NIC

5-7: Milton Keynes Open
20: BISC Gala cast registration & video viewing, 7.15pm
24-25: Deeside Open
25: National Team Challenge final at Bracknell
26-28: Basingstoke Open
29: Bracknell Adult Open (free)
30: Bracknell Adult Open (dance)

3-5: Guildford Open
8-9: Hull Open
22-23: Solo Dance Championships, iceSheffield
26-28: Free and dance training camp at Bracknell.

5-9: NISA Cup, iceSheffield
27-28: Ayr Open

3: Bristol Open
22: BISC Gala
25: Swindon Open
30-Oct 1: Adult Championships,
Lee Valley
30-Oct 1: Dundee Open

2-3: Streatham Open
9-11: Alexandra Palace Open
14-20: NJS Open, Dumfries

11: BISC Barn Dance with
Kick Shins, 7.30pm
20-24: NJS Open, Deeside

10-18: Final rehearsals and performances of Bracknell panto.

9-13: British Championships, Nottingham
22-28: European Championship, Warsaw, Poland

5-11: Four Continents Championship, TBA

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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