This past weekend 8 Gold Ice teams traveled to Komoka, Ontario to compete in the 2018 Ontario Regional Championships. All of our teams had strong performances and fought hard in some very competitive events.
Competing both programs on Friday, Junior was ready to show off their hard work these past few weeks. Getting the crowd going with their Sweet Dreams themed short program, the skaters were able to improve on their technical elements earning a season best score.
The team entered the Free Program with confidence and put out a another strong performance. A few bobbles left them with just under a seasons best score. Gold Ice Junior was awarded with the Silver medal overall.
Coming off of their win at Synchro Capers two weeks ago, the Novice team was excited to once again perform their much loved Frankenstein themed program. Some technical difficulties in the first skate had them trailing in second place, however their determination shone through with a fantastic second skate and a 7 point improvement in their score. With a new personal best and a silver medal, these 17 athletes are already back hard at work preparing for the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.
The Juvenile team has been working incredibly hard all season with the goal of once again becoming Ontario Champions. It was a very tight race this weekend with all teams delivering superb performances. Our cats and mice was able to maintain top position by just 0.67 points and were awarded with the gold medal. We are so proud of them for this huge accomplishment!
Another team that has been hard at work since Winterfest, the Open team was excited to get back out on competition ice. It was again a very tight race and the team was awarded with a season’s best score and the bronze medal overall.
Determined and motivated, the Gold Ice Adult 1 ladies have been working hard to make improvements to their program and earn a spot on the podium at the Regional Championships. It was a very competitive event and with two solid skates they earned the bronze medal, their first medal of the season – talk about peaking at the right moment!
Our Pre-Juvenile, Pre-Novice, and Adult 3 teams also delivered strong performances in Komoka. The Pre-Juvenile genies had two clean skates and finished a very close 4th place overall. The Pre-Novice team fought back from some challenges in the first skate to finish in 7th position out of 17 teams in Ontario. And finally the Adult 3 team had two energetic and clean skates of their Divas program and finished in the top 10 in Ontario.
Thank you to the organizing committee, volunteers, officials, and Skate Ontario staff for welcoming skaters from across Ontario and executing such a well run event.
Over the next 10 days the Novice, Junior, and Open teams will be training hard in preparation for the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships which are being held in Oshawa, Ontario.
Gold Ice wants to extend our deepest condolences to the Kernaghan family and the Mount Brydges Magic Blades teams. We cannot begin to imagine the grief you are experiencing during this incredibly difficult time. Avery’s bright smile and passion for the sport will be greatly missed. For those of you wishing to show your support, a GoFundMe account has been set up to aid with some of the expenses that will be incurred during the family’s time in the hospital with Doug, and during their time of need.