Two national online competitions to determine Australia's World Championship teams
Team Unity (AUS) beginning their Short Program at the 2020 NSW State Championships, the only in-person competition of the season. (Credits: Paul Carrolo - 2020)
Ice Skating Australia has announced that due to the current health restrictions limiting training opportunities and interstate travel in some states, the 2021 Australian Figure Skating Championships will be replaced by two online national competitions to determine which teams will be selected to represent Australia at the WJSSC and WSSC in 2022.
Teams training in Sydney have not been allowed on the ice since the end of May, missing out on 4 months of training and competitions. It is likely that these teams will be able to resume training in mid-October, with teams based in Melbourne returning to the ice a few weeks later as restrictions ease in line with rising vaccination rates.
In light of this uncertainty and taking into account many other factors, Ice Skating Australia decided to implement a series of two online competitions instead, occurring slightly later in the season, in order to give all teams the best possible chance for success and ensure that all athletes remain safe and healthy.
The second online competition is the Synchronised Skating Selection Competition and will only be open to ISU Junior and Senior synchro teams. This competition will most likely take place from late January to early February and act as a second opportunity for teams to gain scores at a benchmark event.
The Total Element Score (TES) is the combination of the Base Value and Grade of Execution scores for each element in a program, it does not include the Program Component scores. The Junior and Senior team with the highest combined Short Program and Free Program TES, which can be achieved at different benchmark competitions, will be selected to represent Australia at the 2022 World Championships.