Our Competition Convenor extraordinaire is to be acknowledged for her blinding commitment to detail, exactness, timing, and scheduling, and for her courage to make the difficult decisions – what divisions to keep, and what to save for another day. We honour Karen Dukes for the innumerable hours spent collating and rearranging, so you, our skaters, have the framework for an event.
Next to this is the administrative tasks of creating online registration, collating PPCs and music files and creating the playlists.
With the coaches working feverishly along and the parents arranging costumes, and being taxi / über drivers extraordinaire, we have step one.
Step two – the people who advertise, promote, connect, respond, direct, instruct and support you to enter the event.
Our Secretary Carly Edwards, our Event Bags Convenor 2016, Sarah Miller, our new LiveStream and techno-geek, Phillip Stevens, as well as those who slave away over the computer creating Event Programs and Certificates – thanks again to Pam Reid for her contribution over the past 5 years.
In between there are also those who try to find a few dollars to aid the process – Amanda Carter in grant writing and fund raising ~ A salute to your efforts!
Then step three – the people on the ground at the event. Without our judges, officials, registration desk officers, music, announcing, catering, videographers, gate marshalls and podium construction and clean-up-the-mess-after' type people, the event wouldn’t proceed. We thank them all, we embrace you collectively, for fear of missing anyone out. You know who you are, and we are eternally grateful for all you do!
Please salute and applaud our voracious, vivacious volunteers!
For those who didn't receive that acknowledgement on the day, please know that it didn't go unnoticed, for in compiling this lovingly long list, we have realised the depth and wealth of talent that contributes to making events competitions as rich as they are – those great competitors who don’t make it onto the podium, and sometimes by mere fractions of points. We salute you all!
Looking Back at Xmas 2015
The O’Brien Group Arena presented BREAK FREE, written and directed by Owen Matthews, recipient of the Bronze medal at Victorian Figure Skating Championships 2015 and Silver medalist at the 2015 AFSC in the Intermediate Men’s division.
This year's show was Owen's debut as an ice show director and he was supported by a talented crew and cast. The 80+ skaters enjoyed performing their numbers in two shows - Sunday 12 and Monday 13 December, and this year saw a range of abilities and ages take part.
"Break Free" featured many up and coming competitive figure skaters, as well as skaters from the youngest tots levels of Skate School through to the adults. There were special guest performances by a few O’Brien Group Arena coaches and even three-time Olympian Cameron Medhurst!
The story told of two athletes, who when faced with the tough obstacles and disappointments in their chosen winter sports must decide on a new course of action, while finding what made them love ice sports in the first place.
The fabulous tunes of Queen and Abba were featured, including well recognised songs and anthems that the audience revelled in and sang along to.
Victoria’s synchronised teams, On Edge and Harmony brought much colour and dynamics with their podium winning Australian national championship programs.
The Melbourne Stars. Victoria's junior TOI team added to the Christmas spirit with a number telling the story of Fandango, the soccer player, skated by team coach and three time Olympian, Cameron Medhurst, keen to learn Latin dance.The Juniors were joined by OBGA’s High Performance skaters in their Christmas finale, which also featured the adult TOI team, Blades of Melbourne.
The club extends their gratitude to the parents, coaches and skaters who made this year’s shows a possibility.
Thinking of being involved in 2016? Keep an eye out for the audition announcement later in the year!
The OBGA renovations are now taking shape and have already made a great improvement to the aesthetics of the building and once completed will make an improvement to the way we all use the facility.
We would like to remind our members that the IFSC committee is the first point of contact for any suggestions or concerns related to the ice rink. This is to ensure that all information is collated and forwarded to rink management in a concise format.
If you have any suggestions or feedback which you would like the Icehouse Figure Skating Club to attend to. Please use the following online form to submit your feedback.
IFSC were proud to see some of their members 'cross the ditch' to attend the NFIFSA National Figure Skating Championships, held at Paradice Ice Arena, Botany in Auckland, NZ.
New Zealand Figure Skating Championships, September 24-27th September 2015
Chloe Di Gemma, Eliza Hall and Georgia Wooderson recently represented Australia as guest skaters at the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championships in Auckland. All girls were excited to perform at their first competition overseas. Selecting their own numbered wooden ball from a box (without looking) for the skating draw at registration was a highlight of the event. Eliza and Georgia participated proudly in the Opening Ceremony before the competition commenced. Medals were awarded in the Victory Ceremonies to our Victorian guest skaters. Congratulations to Chloe on her successful skate in the Pre-Primary Ladies division to achieve first place on the podium. In the Intermediate Ladies division, Georgia skated well to receive a bronze medal and Eliza placed fifth
overall. A warm welcome and wonderful time was experienced by the skaters and chaperones who are already looking forward to another New Zealand competition.
~ Chloe di Gemma 1st
Congratulations Chloe on a Gold Medal podium place!
~ Georgia Wooderson 3rd
Congratulations Georgia on your Bronze Medal podium finish!
~ Eliza Hall 5th
Congratulations Eliza, on challenging the field of 7 skaters!
If you're interested in a little international 'test and try' competition experience, then New Zealand is the perfect location to begin.