What a weekend it was at the Hershey Centre! Over 100 teams from across Canada and the US came to Mississauga, Ontario to compete in one of the largest Synchronized Skating competitions in Canada. It was a full house for the marquee events and the fans did not disappoint with cheers that surely could be heard from outside the building.
Our teams executed excellent performances throughout the weekend and produced some very strong results. We are proud of our skaters not only for their performances on the ice, but also for their professionalism and team spirit shown off the ice.
Kicking things off was our Pre-Novice team who had a strong first skate to have them sitting in 5th place heading into the final. Ready to fight hard, the girls gave it their all in the second skate. While a few small mistakes held their performance back, they were able to finish 6th in a strong field of 12 teams.
Our Juvenile team came into the weekend as defending champions, eager to give it their all in hopes of once again standing on top of the podium. They were able to withstand the pressure and with two extremely strong skates, successfully defended their title. It was a very close final result and our cats and mice came home with another gold medal. This is a feat that has not happened in the Juvenile category in recent years and we are very proud of the skaters for this accomplishment!
Next up was the always exciting and competitive Novice event. With changes in the age restrictions this season the category as a whole became even more competitive: 4 teams competing for the top spot on the podium. Our girls were excited to show off their Frankenstein themed program which they absolutely love to perform. While they put out two very strong performances, in an incredibly tight race a few errors left the team just 0.20 points shy of the podium. The team is excited to get back to work preparing for Synchro Capers later this month.
We all know that Gold Ice Open team certainly loves to perform, and they did not disappoint this past weekend. It was a very exciting event this year as there are several new teams in the category. With two solid skates and a whole lot of latin flair, the Open team was able to secure a bronze medal for the second year in a row. We are proud of this team for their hard work since Bill Phillips and look forward to the rest of the season.
Gold Ice is proud and excited to be once again fielding a Junior team. These 18 girls have been working incredibly hard since April towards their goal of being named to the 2018-2019 National team. Winterfest is also the qualification competition for the 2018 ISU Junior World Championships and typically draws large crowds of spectators. The Junior team absolutely thrived off the energy of the crowd and stepped onto the ice Friday night for their short program full of confidence. With only one small mistake, the girls earned season best scores and were in 3rd place heading into Saturday’s freeskate.
Under pressure to put out a strong freeskate and secure a medal, the Junior team attacked their Villains program with intense speed and energy. With the crowd on their feet as they hit their final pose, the skaters knew they had done their absolute best. A season best score of 82.73 placed the solidly on the podium, earning the bronze medal overall. It was a smashing debut for the Junior team at their first ISU Junior World Qualifier competition.
We would like to extend a special congratulations to Les Supremes and Nexxice on qualifying for the 2018 ISU Junior World Championships which will be held in Zagreb, Croatia and March. We wish you best of luck and know you will do Canada proud!
The Adult events took up Saturday night and all of Sunday. With three large divisions of Adult teams, it is wonderful and inspiring to see so many athletes continuing in this sport past their competitive years.
The Adult 1 event finished off the competition on Saturday night. Our team has been hard at work since Bill Phillips to strengthen their program. It was a very close event and in the Gold Final on Sunday and despite their 8th place finish overall, they were less than 3 points away from the podium.
This was the first competition for our Adult 3 ladies and they were excited to show off their program. Skating to music from iconic Divas over time including Aretha, Whitney, Cher, and Tina, they stepped onto the ice at the Hershey Centre as the first team on Sunday morning. There were some natural jitters in the first skate however the team was able to overcome this with a much stronger second skate. Overall the Adult 3 team was rewarded with the bronze medal in the silver round. These 20 ladies are excited to get back to work in preparation for Regionals in London in February.
Juvenile – 1st
Pre-Novice – 6th
Novice – 4th
Junior – 3rd
Open – 3rd
Adult 1 – 8th
Adult 3 – 3rd (silver round)
Thank you to the volunteers for your dedication and support for this sport. Gold Ice was proud to host Winterfest for the 3rd consecutive year and the success of the event was due to your countless hours of preparation and hard work. We are so grateful to have you as a part of the Gold Ice family!
We would like to congratulate all teams for a wonderful weekend of skating at the Hershey Centre. Synchronized Skating is alive and thriving in Canada and we are so lucky to have some of the best teams in the world here. Best of luck for the remainder of the season. As always, skate from your heart.
Thank you to Wendy Dixon and Danielle Earl for the beautiful photographs featured in this post.