Warm breeze from Australia
The Majestic Ice Club based out of Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink in Sydney Australia had been busy over the Australian summer getting Junior Team ready for World Championships in Croatia.
The Majestic Ice Australia – Junior team
On their way from Sydney to Croatia, they came to Bracknell Ice Rink to have three rehearsals on Fri 9th to Sun 11th March before to take on the best in the World. This helped team to get used to the European climate.
The team made up of 19 skaters from Sydney age from 14-18 years old, have won the junior division at the Australian Figure Skating Championships for the last two years.
The team were excited to train in Bracknell in early March, it was great not have to worry about school and university and be able to concentrate on putting the final touches on our programs.
Their head coach is Madonna Randall. The coaches attended were Louise Woodward and Amanda da Pra. Back in the days Louise has competed at John Nike. She has also coached the British Synchronised skating team in Nottingham.
Head Coach Madonna Randall said: “It’s been an exciting time for a lot of our skaters, we have a lot of rookies on the Junior team this season, it was a nice surprise to win the Australian Championships again last December with so many new skaters on the team”. Training for our skaters over the last few months has been challenging, Sydney’s had an extreme summer with many 45+ days, these conditions make it difficult to train, even though we are in the cool conditions of an ice rink the extreme weather plays havoc on athletes”.
The ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships are held since 2013 and are now part of the ISU Synchronized Skating Championships.
The competition ISU World Junior Synchronised Skating Championships took place 16th-17th March 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.
A Synchronized Skating team is composed of 16 Figure Skaters and demands precise formations and for the team to move in one unit. The variety and difficulty of elements require that each team member is a highly skilled individual skater.
Recognized sport at the Winter Olympics in Bejing 2022?
In 2017 the ISU Council appointed an advisory Working Group to study conditions for including Synchronized Skating in the program of the Olympic Winter Games. The aim is to have Synchronized Skating accepted as a new discipline in the Olympic program Beijing 2022.