The Welsh Solo Ice Dance Championships took place in Deeside last week and our Ice Dancers produced some great results!
Joshua Tarry took 1st place in Pattern Dance and 1st place in Free Dance in the Basic Novice Men competition and was therefore crowned 2013 Basic Novice Men’s Welsh Champion!
Elizabeth Sidebottom came 2nd in Pattern Dance and 3rd in Free Dance in the Basic Novice Ladies competition. Elizabeth has finished on the podium at every Solo Ice Dance competition that she has entered during the 2013 season.
Lauren Bell achieved 3rd place in Pattern Dance and 8th in Free Dance
Chloe Dixon achieved 6th place in Pattern Dance and 6th in Free Dance
Georgina Wheeldon achieved 10th place in Pattern Dance and 10th in Free Dance.
Ice Dance Coach Sophie Yates said: “This competition is a good warm up for the British Solo Ice Dance Championships which take place in June. It’s the first year that Solo Ice Dance has featured in this national competition and we’re very proud of everyone that participated!
This week, the National Ice Centre’s Marketing Team have been working with the NIC’s school of ice, Blue Bell Hill Primary School, based in St Ann’s, helping the children to become marketing experts!
Ahead of the Walking with Dinosaurs Arena show which kicked off at Capital FM Arena Nottingham yesterday, the children discovered a dinosaur egg in the grounds of the school and had to design a front page newspaper cover and write an article about the dinosaur egg…they’re real little journalists at Blue Bell Hill!
Our Marketing Team were asked to judge the best entries in a special assembly at Blue Bell Hill School earlier this week, it was a tough decision to make as there were so many great entries!
After all the hard work the children put in, over 250 of them came to watch the dinosaurs roar and roam the Arena with their parents yesterday evening, a great treat to round up the Dino project!
Walking with Dinosaurs is at Capital FM Arena Nottingham until Sunday 19 May. For more information, click here.
The British Short Track Speed Skating team begin the 2014 Winter Olympic campaign with the announcement that Reeves accountancy and financial services will be a new commercial sponsor.
Financial backing from the London based business, tax and wealth management company Reeves, provides a timely boost for the team as the build up to the Games next February in Sochi, Russia is getting underway now with pre season training.
In addition to the new sponsor, GB Short Track is pleased to be working with the international children’s charity Right To Play, whose work aims to use the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity.
With 280 days to go until the Games, the team is back training on the ice following valuable rest ahead the final stage of the four year training cycle for the Winter Olympics.
GB Short Track performance director Stuart Horsepool said, “We are delighted to have a new sponsor in an Olympic year. The sport relies almost completely on UK Sport Lottery funding, so the addition of commercial sponsorship from a company like Reeves is invaluable to us when it comes to the detailed planning of Olympic preparations.
“The interest in the team from major corporations such as Reeves, and reputable charities like Right To Play, is a credit to our athletes and their performances last season. We had a great season and we are looking forward to the Olympic year.”
Highlights from last season included Elise Christie finishing the season ranked world number one in the 1000m and being the first British woman to win a medal the World Championships, a European bronze medal for Charlotte Gilmartin, a silver medal for junior Kathryn Thompson at the European Youth Winter Olympic Festival and the men’s relay team challenging for gold at the Olympic test event in Sochi.
Elise Christie said, “It’s great that Reeves want to support the team. Knowing that people believe in us enough to put money into the sport is a big confidence boost in itself.”
Two-time Olympian Jon Eley added, “Knowing that big names like Reeves think we can achieve things and believe in us in an Olympic year enough to get involved is great. It’s also a big honour for us to be involved with Right To Play. They are a brilliant charity and the work they do around the world is great, so being a part of it is very special. ”
Sochi 2014 will not be the first Olympics for number of skaters vying for selection at qualifying events in November. Jon Eley will be looking for a hat trick of Olympics having previously competed in both 2006 and 2010, Paul Stanley will be hoping to make Sochi his second Olympics after injury ruled him out of Vancouver in 2010, while Elise Christie and Jack Whelbourne made their Olympic debut in 2010.
Fergus Ross, Marketing & Sales Director at Reeves said, “We hope that our backing and professional expertise in all matters business, tax and wealth will help the GB Short Track athletes as they train to compete on the global stage and at the very highest level next year in Sochi.
“We see the talent of the individuals in GB Short Track and their amazing teamwork and we are inspired. It is a privilege to be involved with such a dedicated group of people, not just the athletes but their support teams too. We are all only as strong as the teams around us; Reeves is delighted to be a part of that big British team!”
Working with GB Short Track was a natural move for Right To Play; their founder and CEO, Johann Olav Koss, who was himself an Olympic champion speed skater comments, “Right To Play is delighted to announce this new partnership with the GB Short Track team and some of GB’s top Sochi medal hopefuls.
“As the team competes on the world stage, they will be role models to the million children around the world we educate and empower each week through sport and play, and will have a life changing impact on them as they support us raising money for the programmes.”
After our Facebook poll asking you what skating parties you would like to see at the National Ice Centre, we are pleased to announce our first themed party of the summer… a Where’s Wally Skating Party!
Don your best Wally outfit and head down to the Capital One Rink on Friday 31 May. There is also the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Diversity at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham this December!
Tickets for the Where’s Wally Skating Party are priced at £6 per person (plus skate hire). The party starts at 7:30pm and will finish at 10:30pm.
Did you know you can now book tickets via our Official Facebook page? It’s true!! ‘Like’ our page at www.facebook.com/NationalIceCentre – you can also reserve tickets for and invite your mates.
Tickets can also be booked over the phone on 0843 373 3000 or in person at Ticketing & Customer Services, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.