Three Gold Ice teams traveled to Oshawa, Ontario this past weekend to compete in the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.
Over 800 skaters on 40 different teams took to the ice at the Tribute Communities Centre competing for the national titles in Novice, Intermediate, Junior, Senior, and Open categories.
There was a buzz of excitement in the air when our teams arrived at the competition arena as over 500 elementary school students were on site to watch the official practices. Flash mobs and teddy-bear tosses were in full swing and the students enjoyed learning more about the sport of Synchronized Skating.
Friday night marked the start of the competition with the Opening Ceremonies and the Junior and Senior short programs. Our Junior team took to the ice with confidence skating 4th out of 4 teams. A few technical errors left them in 4th place after the short program just 0.22 out of 3rd. Saturday night the team again showed confidence and attack with a very strong free program. They were rewarded with a personal best score of 85.86. As the first team on the ice and due to a long delay to take care of ice maintenance issues, the team had quite a bit of time to wait for the official results. In the end their strong free skate propelled them into the 3rd place position winning the bronze medal and earning a spot on the Canadian National Team. We are proud of these 18 athletes for their debut season in a competitive category. They set high goals for themselves this year, stuck to their plan, and worked hard every single day to honour their commitments to their teammates. We are excited to see this team continue to grow and develop in the coming years. Thank you to the synchronized skating community for your support this season!
Gold Ice Novice kicked off their competition on Saturday morning. Putting out a fantastic performance they earned a season best score and were in 3rd place heading into the second skate. Sunday morning they took to the ice for their final skate of the season. Unfortunately they did not have the skate they had hoped for, however never once gave up the performance and were able to finish the program strong. The team finished in 4th place overall. We are very proud of their determination and perseverance. It was an incredible season for the Novice team winning 2 silvers and 1 gold medal along with 4th place finishes at Winterfest and Nationals. While they are sad to see their Frankenstein program go, they are already excited to get back on the ice preparing for next season!
The final event of the competition was the Open category. After a less than perfect first skate, Gold Ice found themselves in 5th place heading into the final. With nothing to lose, the girls hit the ice with some serious sass and gave it their absolute all. A huge seasons best score allowed the team to move from 5th up to 3rd. A comeback podium finish at nationals was the perfect way to finish off the season. The Open team won medals at all competitions they entered this year including 1 silver and 3 bronze. Congratulations on a very successful season!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this season such a huge success for our teams. To the team managers, parent volunteers, coaches, trainers, specialists and officials: we couldn’t have done this without you! Thank you for all that you do for Gold Ice. #goldicerocks