Crystals skate off with British Juvenile title

Friday, February 20, 2009


Crystals skate off with British Juvenile title

British Juvenile Champions the Wight Crystals, with their trophy. Picture by Peter Boam.

FIGURE SKATINGSYNCHRONISED skating team, Wight Crystals, have put the icing on the season’s cake by winning the juvenile title at the British Synchronised Skating Championships and National Opens in Sheffield.

The IW’s youngest team performed a faultless routine to Grease against strong competition, scoring a total of 24.83. Sheffield were second on 20.51 and Nottingham third on 18.88.

Coach Terri Smith said: “I’m so pleased for the team. They have worked really hard this year and have improved so much — they performed brilliantly under pressure. They knew they had to skate perfectly to retain the British trophy they won last year. They  did so in great style.”

The Crystals’ success now mirrors that of the IW Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club’s two older teams, the Wight Jewels and Wight Diamonds, who both enjoyed exceptional results around the UK, culminating in the Jewels winning the British Junior Championships.

The Diamonds were the club’s first team to compete internationally, travelling to Moscow where they collected silver medals in their age group.

Terri added: “It’s a very impressive record for all our synchro teams. They are very dedicated to their sport, training every Saturday morning on ice at Planet Ice and off ice training every week. All three teams are now training hard towards a challenging competition in Europe in March, which will be many of the skaters’ first international experience.”

The teams have been raising funds for their trip by holding bucket collections at ice hockey matches.

All three teams can be seen performing in a gala at Planet Ice on March 13, from 6pm.  

Wight Crystals: Kirsty Atter, Nicola Baxter, Mitchell Brown, Charlotte Chapman, Roxanne Collins, Tia Daley, Caitlin Fyffe, Harrison Fyffe, Leah Hancott, Nikita Heathfield, Beth Howarth, Daisy Jones, Ella Newnham, Phoebe Ockenden, Isabella Parkes, Kayleigh Pedley, Jemma Southwell, Zoe Southwell (captain), and Louisa Wrighton.

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