Team Unity and Iceskateers Elite defend their titles at the Australian Championships
Final position of Team Unity's dramatic Free Skate (Credits: Paul Carrolo)
O'Brien Icehouse in Melbourne hosted 647 skaters across 44 different teams from all across Australia and New Zealand for the Australian Figure Skating Championships. Team Unity reclaimed victory in the Senior division for the third year in a row, while Iceskateers Elite and Iceskateers stood on top of the podium for Junior and Advanced Novice for their second consecutive years respectively.
Ice Storm finished second after the short program with one minor error in the pivoting block doing little to detract from their performance to "Lions Inside" by Valley of Wolves. Their travelling circles were fast and interlocked seamlessly as they travelled down the ice. Ice Storm didn't let the large point difference intimidate them as they took to the ice on Sunday for their free program, skating to a Queen medley, and delivered a performance of a lifetime that had the crowds clapping and cheering with them every step of the way. Unfortunately, they were unable to make up the point difference and were awarded silver.
This was Infusion's first nationals after their hiatus from the senior division and while they placed 4th, they showed remarkable growth and improvement since the start of the season and we look forward to seeing them develop in the coming years.
Majestic Ice's "Aladdin" short program was fun and upbeat, accented by great performance and facial expressions of the skaters. This energy was similarly mirrored in their free skate to the soundtrack from the iconic Australian movie "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert", which showcased dazzling disco-ball dresses and energetic dance-breaks. Despite receiving a Level 4 in the No-Hold Element, Majestic Ice was not able to make up the point difference and had to settle for second place.
Adelaide Ice Magic took the bronze medal, which is an outstanding achievement for a newly-formed junior team in their debut year of competition. Despite some technical issues, both of their programs were clean and entertaining.
A special mention to Eclipse for a great skate at their debut national championships in Junior as well. They put up an admirable fight and coped well with the transition from Mixed Age's one program to Junior's short program and free skate.
Majestic Ice showcased some unique and creative choreography in their "Spice Girls" medley program, attempting difficult, intersecting transitions and angled intersections. While they showed a great program that had the audience dancing along with them, some minor fumbles gave Iceskateers the edge in program components and GoEs which ultimately left them in second.
Southern Sky fought hard after narrowly missing the podium last year and all their work paid off with a clean skate that earned them the long-awaited podium finish.
Adelaide Ice Magic rounded off the podium in third place, with Southern Sky trailing behind by only 1 point. Both teams skated well and the difference came down to the interpretation and performance marks in the end. The rest of the Basic Novice competition was very tight, with 6 teams all scoring within 5 points of each other.
Southern Sky Hills came in third by less than 2 points among tough competition from the rest of the field.
What you must remember:
Iceskateers Elite will compete for Australia at the 2020 World Junior Synchronised Figure Skating Championships in Nottingham, UK in March.
Results - TOP 3
Australian National Championships 2019
NOV 30, 2019 - DEC 01, 2019
|1||Team Unity (AUS)||128.88|
|2||Ice Storm (AUS)||114.72|
|1||Iceskateers Elite (AUS)||98.48|
|2||Majestic Ice (AUS)||93.75|
|3||Adelaide Ice Magic (AUS)||80.63|
|2||Majestic Ice (AUS)||50.23|
|3||Southern Sky (AUS)||43.25|
|1||Black Ice (NZL)||45.78|
|2||Adelaide Ice Magic (AUS)||45.04|
|3||Southern Sky Team 1 (AUS)||43.72|