What do the skaters think about the required elements?
Solway Eclipse is coached by Phillip Carter and Molly Coxon at Dumfries, the largest town in South West Scotland.
The Mixed Age category is very popular in Europe. Two teams give us their thoughts on the elements required in their program.
When asked what could be improved, she said: "if we had a magic wand that got to change any rule for the Mixed Age category we would change the fact that we only do 1 programme, we would love to be able to showcase a long and short routine!"
The spin element
This upcoming season, the difficulty increases again with the arrival of the Spin element. The Mixed Age teams will have 3 elements (No Hold, Twizzle and Spin) which require a high level of individual technique, a lot of work and don't give many points. Moreover, these elements make us lose more of the origin of synchronized skating, which is to skate attached," Maëva Pinon-Robert says.
In 2018, the Hermines had participated in Mixed Age battles. The idea is simple: all participating teams are on the ice near the barriers. Then, each battle sees 2 teams compete on a predefined element, the judges then determine who continues to the next level and so on, until the final battle. "It's a completely different format from the classic competitions that we would like to see again. This experience remains a memorable one for all the Hermines who had the chance to participate."