Prince County teams enjoy success at synchronized skating event

Jason Simmonds
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Alberton, O’Leary, Summerside, Evangeline teams win divisions

SUMMERSIDE – It was a good day for Prince County teams in the 2014 friendship synchronized skating competition here at Credit Union Place on Sunday.

“Things went wonderful,” said P.E.I. Section synchronized skating chair Kelly Perry of Summerside. “We had probably 600-plus spectators and the crowd was enthusiastic, the teams were having a great time. . . Everything went very positive.

“We were very pleased with the turnout with registration and spectators. It’s a very fun event, and it’s great to see the teams participate with the enthusiasm and the bond they make early on in the season.”

Overall, a total of 17 teams and close to 200 athletes aged from six to young adult (university students) from P.E.I. and Nova Scotia competed in the one-day event. Participants were judged in three different areas – skating a skill, skating a free routine and a cheer.

Teams drew one of four skills out of a hat, and skated that particular skill.

“They have three times to practise it, and the fourth time is their actual competition,” explained Perry. “The free skate consists of all their technical requirements. It’s more of a program that is skated to music.”

Two titles

The host Summerside Figure Skating Club won two divisions – the Starlites claimed the Elementary title and the Sparklers were tops in Juvenile.

The Ice Crystals from the Evangeline Figure Skating Club won the Pre-Novice Division, the O’Leary Mystic Moves from the O’Leary Figure Skating Club won the Beginner II Division and the Ice Pixies from the Alberton Silver Blades claimed the Beginner I Division. The Axe-Elles from the Wolfville Skating Club in Nova Scotia were the only team entered in the Intermediate Division.

Perry noted that every team performed well, considering a lot of them have not had a lot of time together.

 “A lot of clubs don’t start until late October, so it’s really hard to put this program together,” said Perry. “With the way Mother Nature has been dishing it out lately, teams have lost a lot of practices as well.”

 

First of two competitions

This was the first of two synchronized skating competitions on P.E.I. during the 2013-14 season. The provincial championships will be held in O’Leary on March 2.

Perry noted all teams received feedback from the judges during Sunday’s competition.

“For teams that do move on to other regional or provincial competitions, they do have the feedback they can work on,” said Perry.

“Things went wonderful. We had probably 600-plus spectators and the crowd was enthusiastic, the teams were having a great time. . . Everything went very positive. We were very pleased with the turnout with registration and spectators. It’s a very fun event, and it’s great to see the teams participate with the enthusiasm and the bond they make early on in the season.” P.E.I. Section synchronized skating chair Kelly Perry

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Results

Results of the 2014 friendship

synchronized skating competition:

Beginner I

1. Ice Pixies, Alberton Silverblades.

2. Eclipse, Riverview Skating Club (N.S.).

Beginner II

1. O’Leary Mystic Moves, O’Leary Figure Skating Club.

2. Tyne Valley Jewels, Tyne Valley Figure Skating Club.

3. Ice Dazzlers, Summerside Figure Skating Club.

Elementary

1. Summerside Starlites, Summerside Figure Skating Club.

2. Tyne Valley Ice Pearls, Tyne Valley Figure Skating Club

3. Ice Sensation, Sherwood-Parkdale Skating Club.

Intermediate

1. Axe-Elles, Wolfville Skating Club (N.S.).

Juvenile

1. Summerside Sparklers, Summerside Figure Skating Club.

2. Eclipse, Riverview Skating Club (N.S.).

Pre-Novice

1. Ice Crystals, Evangeline Figure Skating Club.

2. Ice Illusion, Sherwood-Parkdale Skating Club.

3. The Charlottetown Rockettes, Charlottetown Skating Club

Organizations: Summerside Figure Skating Club, Evangeline Figure Skating Club, Pre-Novice O’Leary Figure Skating Club Wolfville Skating Club

Geographic location: Summerside, P.E.I., Nova Scotia Prince Tyne Valley Charlottetown

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