What a weekend! Gold Ice Novice, Intermediate, and Open returned back to Brampton this week after a fantastic weekend competing at the 2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Calgary, Alberta. For many skaters (and most of the Novice team) this was their very first time competing at the national level.
Although the championships were held outside of Ontario it felt like a hometown crowd for Gold Ice! The cheering contingent from Brampton was huge and Gold Ice was well supported all weekend long. Some of the more experienced skaters on the Open team even commented that it felt like skating at the World Championships when they were held in Canada. Yes Gold Ice fans, we heard you loud and proud!
When the Novice team took to the ice for the first time at their first national championship you could see the pride in the faces of the skaters, their parents, and the coaching staff. It was a special moment they have worked hard towards all season long. Two fantastic skates allowed them to finish a strong 7th place – leaps and bounds ahead of their 11th place finish at Winterfest. This team has worked incredibly hard all season to improve at each competition and the Gold Ice family is very proud of these 17 girls!
After a difficult first skate the Intermediate team was ready to show what they were capable of on day 2. A high-energy second skate gave them their best scores of the season and moved them up to 6th place overall. We have seen such growth in this young team since last season and their consistent results over the year are proof of that. We are looking forward to seeing this team continue to grow and become a dominant force in the near future.
Ready to rock, when the Open team took to the ice on Friday evening the stands were absolutely packed. Gold Ice had the biggest cheering section out of any team. The atmosphere was electric and the team did not disappoint! A few bobbles in an otherwise strong first skate, Gold Ice sat in 3rd place going into day 3. The second skate was something very special. A picture perfect program that often only comes once a career for a synchronized skater. Strong from beginning to finish, Gold Ice convincingly won the second skate and in the closet, nail-bitter event of the weekend, were just 0.23 points behind 1st place overall. Congrats to Gold Ice Open on their bronze medal finish at the 2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships! This team has been on the podium for the past 4 years. What an accomplishment!
This weekend the Beginner 2, Elementary, and Adult 3 teams head to Innisfil to compete at March Mania. This is the last competition of the season for the Adult 3 team while the Beginner 2 and Elementary teams travel to Chatham next weekend to finish of their year at Bernie Deveau. Follow Gold Ice on Twitter and Facebook for live updates from both competitions!
Stay tuned for tryout information for the 2013-2014 season!