Scotland to be birthplace of Impaired Skating movement
Sk8scotland is delighted to announce to members throughout Scotland, that an exciting new project to encourage skaters with all categories of disability or impairment to participate in the sport, has recently received the full support of the ISU. In a letter to the project’s founder, Margarita Sweeney-Baird, David Dore, 1st Vice President of the ISU said:
“It goes without saying that the members of the Council have great interest in this field of skating. I believe in your report you have put everything into complete perspective, allowing all of us to comprehend the situation. Therefore, the ISU remains quite supportive of your continuing efforts and feels that this should become an important program activity of the skating world in the future. You should continue your efforts in supporting disabled skating in the world. To this end we agree that your participation and activity as outlined in the near future for 2012, should be pursued as you outlined”.
Sk8scotland & IJS
The Sk8scotland Board is delighted to announce that they have purchased a full set of IJS equipment which will be used for all Scottish Championships and available to Scottish Clubs for their Open Events as well as for training.
During the research period over recent weeks Sk8scotland has also been putting together a Sk8scotland IJS Technical Group of Volunteers who wish to work with the Board in the delivery of IJS events.
The IJS Technical Group will be chaired by the newly appointed Sk8scotland Director, David Johnston who has been responsible for putting this equipment together for Dundee Ice Skating Club, and more recently arranging that Sk8scotland may purchase it. David is a NISA Level 3 Results Official. Read more
Sk8scotland – AGM and Open Forum
Sk8scotland will hold an AGM and Open Forum prior to the Sk8scotland Short Track Speed Skating Club International event to be held at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Saturday 10th September 2011. This meeting was postponed from the original date in May.
The full agenda is available below.
Members should note there will be no items requiring a vote.
The first Scottish Cup Club International incorporating the Scottish Figure Championships
2011 Scottish Figure Champions - Click for full photos
Sk8scotland are currently introducing a new competition structure forScotland in the form of separate championships for each discipline, and the first figure event, The Scottish Cup took place in Aberdeen, 5-7 August 2011.
The Judges, Officials and Data and Results Operators
Sk8scotland introduce the first IJS Figure Development meeting
ISU officials, Hely Abondatti, Veronique Fleury and Wieland Luders with the second groups of skaters to receive their merit certificates at the end of the Development Meeting.
ISU officials Daniel Delfa and Jeroen Prinz with the first three groups of skaters to receive their merit certificates at the end of their seminar
Following on from the Scottish Cup, which is part of Scotland’s new International Competition Progamme, Simon Briggs the National Coaching Director, and Figure Director for Sk8cotland, offered skaters and coaches a new concept in IJS development, which to date has only been used for synchronized skating.
Heather Murdoch Celebrates Award from the Mars Refuel Drink Fund
Heather Murdoch, an ice skater from Alloway, is celebrating after receiving a £500 donation from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund.
15 year old Heather started ice skating at the age of seven and has been addicted ever since! Last year she was Novice British Champion in the Pairs category with her Pairs partner, Lewis Gibson.
Heather says: “I train six or seven times a week and am often on the ice training at 5am before school. My ambition is to compete at the Winter Olympics.
Kerrs bid for skate result at European Championships
Sinead and John Kerr may be in their final season, but the siblings believe they can triumph on the European stage.
Scotland’s Sinead and John Kerr are moving towards retirement, but the Livingston-born skating couple have no intention of bowing out quietly.
Great results for British team in the recent World Championships
Sk8scotland extends their congratulations to all the British team in the recent World Championships in Italy, in particular Sinead and John Kerr on their magnificent 5th place in the Senior Ice Dance Championship while at the Senior World Short Track Championships our own Elise Christie achieved a fantastic 8th place following her great 3rd place at the Senior European Championships.
These athletes are true role models and an inspiration to all aspiring performers.
Elise Christie earns a well timed Silver in the European Championships
Elise Christie continued her build up to the Olympic Games with her best ever performance in the senior European Championships in Dresden. Elise finished 2nd in the 1500m, with a season best time of 2.24.042, to Italy’s Ariana Fontana.