Success at Winterfest!

Posted: Jan 19, 2017

This past weekend 4 Gold Ice teams headed to the Hershey Center in Mississauga for the 2017 Winterfest competition. With teams in attendance from across Canada and North America it was a highly competitive event. All of the Gold Ice teams represented well and the arena was buzzing with excitement over our programs.

The Novice team made improvements in their technical score from Bill Phillips. They had to overcome bobbles in both performances, but persevered and finished 6th out of 10 teams in one of the most competitive categories of the weekend. These 19 hard working skaters are already back at it preparing for the rest of the competitive season to achieve the high goals they have set for themselves this year.

In their second season representing Skate Canada Brampton Chinguacousy, Eclipse Adult 1 once again entertained with their Boy Band Fans program. A solid first skate qualified them for the gold final where they finished 8th in a strong field.

With teams in attendance from both Ontario and Quebec, Winterfest is one of the few opportunities Juvenile teams get to compete against teams from outside of Ontario. It has historically been an extremely competitive event. Gold Ice Juvenile trained incredibly hard over the winter holidays to prepare to compete against the best and earn themselves a spot on the podium. After finishing just shy of a medal last year, they were motivated and determined to achieve their goal this year. Their hard work paid off with two very strong, consistent, and energetic performances of their Firefighters program. This program garnered accolades from both the audience and judging panel and earned the girls the gold medal. 2017 Winterfest Champions!

After finishing off the National podium for the first time in 6 years, the Open team started the 2016-2017 season motivated. Friday night at the Hershey Centre they came out with a bang, entertaining the crowd with a high energy, fast paced, country theme program. Sitting in 4th place they knew they had to give it their all on Saturday afternoon. They did just that, with a strong skate from start to finish, earning seasons best scores and the bronze medal overall.

Gold Ice is very lucky to have an incredible group of supporters, ready and willing to help out at a moments notice. Hosting Winterfest is a huge undertaking, but we eagerly accepted the opportunity for the second year in a row knowing that our families and alumni would be thrilled to assist. We cannot thank our many volunteers enough. Thank you for your dedication to Gold Ice and the sport of synchronized skating. Thank you for spending your weekend with us ensuring the event was seamless from start to finish. It seems a few of you may have even slept at the Hershey Centre as you were there all weekend long from the early hours in the morning until well after the last team skated Sunday night. You rock!

While we are incredibly proud of all of our skaters for their performances on the ice and their results earned, one of the most rewarding moments of the weekend was seeing the camaraderie between teams of all ages, both french and english speaking. From notes of encouragement at the OneTeamMVMT booth to a huge flashmob in the stands, sportsmanship and unity were in abundance at the Hershey Centre this past weekend. Prior to the on-ice medal ceremony, our Juvenile team took part in an epic dance party with teams from Ontario and Quebec. Skaters were teaching each other new dance moves and cheering each other on. It is these moments that will create memories for a lifetime. This is what makes synchronized skating so unique and special.

Gold Ice would also like to congratulate Nexxice and Les Supremes Junior for their wonderful performances and earning the opportunity to represent Canada at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in Mississauga this March. We will be there decked out in red and white to cheer you on!

Next up for our teams: Synchro Capers in Oakville January 28th – 29th.

(Thank you to Sean McKinnon, Danielle Earl, and Wendy Dixon for the photos featured in this post).