Gosport figure skaters clinch second place in first competition since coronavirus with Baywatch and Baby Shark routines
THIRTEEN members of the Gosport Ice Skating Club figure skating team competed in the National Planet Ice Figure Skating Competition.
They were one of 14 clubs to participate in the tournament at Planet Ice Milton Keynes.
In preparation for the event, Gosport’s Adult Skating and Show Team trained vigorously every Monday, under the direction of coaches Paul Crocker and Terri Smith.
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“It was so good to be able to go out and compete, it’s hard to find adult competitions at the best of times – because of Covid it was even more difficult,” said skater Karen Dunford.
The group was delighted to train together face to face, but also to participate in a team competition.
The performances were judged on the costumes and props, the interpretation of the music and the value of the entertainment.
Team member Lara Kells said: “Being able to be part of such an event has been an incredible experience.
“It was the first of many skating competitions I have competed in and I couldn’t wish for a better team to have done it.”
The carefully rehearsed routine consisted of a performance to the theme song Living in the USA, based on the famous 90s American television series Baywatch, followed by the popular children’s song, Baby shark.
After all their hard work and perseverance, despite their nerves that day, Gosport finished second overall.
“We’re really proud to see what our little rink can accomplish, especially not being able to train for much of the past 18 months. This competition is always a lot of fun. A showcase of everything we love about our sport, ”said club member Jill Paton.
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