TISDALE — Skaters from across the prairies came out to Tisdale to compete in the Prairie Regional Synchronized Skating Championships.
Tisdale had four teams compete.
“For many of the skaters, on three of my teams, this is their first time competing in the sport and therefore their first competition,” said Joline Bowditch, the coach. “It was just a great experience to be able to do this at home and on their home ice and have lots of local people supporting them.”
The Beginner 1 team, Ice Fantasy, were the youngest team. They were assessed to a standard but don’t compete for a ranking. The first time they skated they were assessed to a bronze, and the second time they were accessed to a merit placing so they placed with a merit standing overall.
Ice Frenzy was the youngest team that was ranked, and they placed fourth place in both of their skates, which gave them a fourth place standing overall.
Ice Fever placed sixth in their first skate and seventh in their second which came to an overall ranking of seventh place.
The adult team, Ice Fusion, placed third in the first skate and fourth in their second skate, giving them fourth overall.
“Every skater is different on what they need to improve,” Bowditch said. “But I would say in general we just need to keep working on the fine details of their program and that kind of thing. Though I thought they skated very respectfully in their categories.”
Bowditch said the teams skated as she expected, to the best of their ability.
“It is the end of competition season. All our teams will perform in our year-end carnival ice show.” “From here on in we actually start doing a little planning for the next season and keep our programs polished so they can perform at the carnival.”
This concludes year one of Bowditch’s two-year plan for the routines.
“They will have the same programs next year, they’ll be able to build on them and hopefully become a little more enhanced.”
The championships took place on Feb. 2 to 3.