A competition simulation took place on the same day in two neighbouring countries
The Senior Team Illumination
After the cancellation of the Santa Claus Cup 2021 in Brno, Czech Republic, three coaches teamed up to find a new idea for their teams. Instead of giving up, Angelique Visser, Mireille Mostaert and Agnes Filipowicz let their creativity run wild by creating a simulation competition.
Their coaches Angelique, Mireille and Agnes came up with the idea of organizing a simulation competition on Saturday, December 18th. Their skaters were really looking forward to feeling the competition atmosphere again.
For the Dutch teams, the last competition was the Steel City Trophy 2020 in March. For the Polish teams, the previous competition was a few weeks ago at the nationals. And Team Phoenix from Belgium had the chance to compete in Berlin in October.
A technical specialist and a judge were present to provide the teams with the necessary feedback. No scores were published.
On Saturday morning, the teams skated their free programs in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Due to the lack of ice time, the teams then travelled to Antwerp for the short program that also included a practice session.
All the teams received an evaluation of their practice sessions and their programs. Agnes Filipowicz coach from Ice Fire: "The feedback from the panel is really helpful to be ready for our next competition."
"It was a moment full of motivation which we needed so badly"
"It almost felt like a real competition. The feeling of being together with other teams gave the skaters a lot of positive energy. The skaters really needed this day. Their last competition was the Steel City Trophy in March 2020. It was a moment full of motivation which we needed so badly."
"It’s fantastic to see that not only we, but all the teams keep improving even in the difficult times we are facing now," explained Mireille from Team Phoenix.
The day was very successful and could undoubtedly be repeated in the coming seasons.