Synchro made the hearts beat in Dumfries during the 2018 Trophy d'Ecosse
Gold medallists, Bladerunners with Team Orion, showing off their respective trophies. /Credits: Karen Wain
Sunday was the culmination of the Trophy d'Ecosse in the Ice Bowl, Dumfries. The three day competition saw some breath-taking performances from teams across the world and some great displays of solidarity, with teams coming together after the competition to take pictures with each other and to exchange congratulations.
Advanced Novice ISU
Earning 1st place with 47.49 points, Ice Fantasy, Finland, skated an atmospheric programme. They pleased the home crowd by skating to a medley of traditional Gaelic music, wearing a dark green and gold costume. In second place was Shadows, GBR. Skating to Cinderella, they twirled their way through their intersection, earning 45.27 points.
Basic Novice B ISU
Skating to a medley from the film Trolls, Ice Stars from Nottingham scored 36.35 points. It was a very pacy programme with brightly coloured costumes and they had the audience clapping along with them.
The only entry for this category, Whizz Kids from Altrincham, skated their short programme on Friday to La La Land earning 25.08 points. The next day they scored 47.56 points for their Maleficent free programme, 72.64 in total. Their synchronised axels were a programme highlight, pleasing the crowd.
“I’m most chuffed with the score with an international panel. We’ve got it at another competition but it’s a bit tougher here. I’m very chuffed that we got a personal best with our highest component score and we’re starting to see some +1s in the GEO! As a team, it’s been a cracking season so onwards and upwards. Now we’ve got a new long programme to do for next season. It’s been a treat and a pleasure to watch the high level teams here, really inspiring!” (Sam Ozard, coach of Whizz Kids)
Mixed age was a popular category with 9 teams competing. There was a shake up on the podium with Solway Eclipse, Dumfries, knocking the current British Champions off the top spot with a solid performance gaining 38.64 points. Rockin Robins, Nottingham, skated to Pitch Perfect scoring 35.94 points and Unum, Sheffield, came 3rd with 34.77 points.
Advanced Novice B
Wight Crystals from the Isle of Wight were the only entry for this category and skated a bouncy programme to the Blues Brothers, earning 26.20 points.
Film soundtracks was the music of choice for the winners of this category. Team Silhouettes from Nottingham came first with their upbeat performance to the Jungle Book (37.01 points). In second was Solway Lightning from Dumfries displaying good basics with their programme to Mary Poppins (27.09 points). Wight Sparkles from the Isle of Wight came third wearing Belle inspired costumes to music from Beauty and the Beast (26.93 points).
Ice Pops from Nottingham continued their club’s winning streak, scoring 24.98 points in pretty pink costumes to the song My Boy Lollypop. In second place was Solway Comets from Dumfries, scoring 21.74 points in stripy tiger costumes to a medley from the Lion King. In third place was Team Emerald from Bradford. They scored 21.45 points with a different style of music, Fast and Sad by Ivarelli.
There was a shake-up on the podium in the adult category from the British Championships just a couple of weeks ago. Bladerunners from Altrincham took the gold medal with their speedy performance to Le Jazz Hot, complete with tailcoats and cancan kicks, scoring 28.06 points. Starlight Rain from Stirling skated an intricate and smooth programme to Pink Panther, scoring 27.29 points. In third place was Highlanders from Inverness. Skating to Kinkyboots, they scored 26.39 points and wowed the crowd with their death spiral at the end of their routine! Special mention to adult team Orion from Lee Valley who won the J. Clinton cup for most entertaining programme. They certainly were excited to receive the trophy on Sunday!
Team Phoenix from Lee Valley came first with their programme to Cops and Robbers, scoring 34.67 points. In second place was Northern Lights from Inverness, scoring 28.00 points to music from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and in third place was Amici from Sheffield, scoring 25.96 points to Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez.