On the first weekend in January, 105 synchronized skating teams descended upon the CAA Centre in Brampton to compete in the 2019 Winterfest & ISU World Junior Qualifier competition. Gold Ice had teams entered in 5 categories: Juvenile, Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Adult 3.
First to take the ice at the CAA Center for Gold Ice was the Pre-Novice team. They were excited to show off their hard work from holiday camp and skated to a 4th place finish after the first skate. Some technical issues in the second skate held them back from receiving a personal best score and the finished in 6th place out of 13 teams. Considering over half of the team is brand new and many new to synchro, we are proud of this team for how far they have come so far this season!
The Juvenile team was next to compete. Coming in as 2-time defending champions, they skated their first skate with speed and confidence. In a very tight race, the headed into the final in second place. While the second skate was not perfect, the team was thrilled to once again finish on the podium, earning a bronze medal in a very competitive event.
On Friday evening Novice kicked things off with their first skate of the competition. Skating an energetic and solid program had the team in second place heading into the final. After skating first in the final flight on Saturday they set the bar high with another impressive performance and earned the silver medal overall.
Coming off an incredible debut season, the Junior team has been excited to show off their growth and development. Technical errors in the short program left them in 4th place heading into the free skate. We are proud of this team for not giving up the fight with a very passionate performance of their Phantom of the Opera free program. Finishing 4th place amongst some very strong teams, they are already back hard at work in preparation for the French Cup February 1st-3rd.
Finally on day 3 of Wintefest it was time for our Adult 3 ladies to take to the ice in front of a hometown crowd. While the performance wasn’t what the skaters had hoped for, they left the ice feeling proud of their score and excited to work hard towards Synchrofest.
Juvenile – 3rd
Pre-Novice – 6th
Novice – 2nd
Junior – 4th
Adult 3 – 6th
Hosting a competition of this size takes months of preparation and hard work. We are so grateful to all of our incredible volunteers, the organizing committee and Skate Ontario Staff who worked around the clock to ensure a successful and memorable event for all athletes. Thank you for all that you do for our sport!
Next up our teams are preparing for Synchrofest which will be held in Oakville January 25th – 27th and our Junior team is hard at work training for the French Cup in Rouen France February 1st – 3rd. Synchrofest will also mark the first competition for our Beginner 1 team who are excited to show off all their hard work!