Skaters for the 2014 Artistic World Championships have been named following the Artistic National Championships earlier this month.

The 2014 FIRS World Championships will be taking place in Reus, Spain from the 29th of September - 11th October.

Selections are as follows:

Senior
Teresa Chittick (Solodance)
Kathryn Christensen (Solodance + Show)
Rhiannon Grambower (Figures & Freeskating)
Amy Fell (Figures & Show)
Katrina Smith (Figures)

Junior
Melanie Gollagher (Solodance)
Alizanne Finnemore (Solodance)
William Andrewartha (Solodance)
Robert Karp (Freeskating & Show)
Amy Browne (Freeskating)
Jessica Browne (Freeskating)
Alexandra Templar (Figures)
Lauren Nash (Figures)

Inline
Isabel McTigue (Inline Freeskating)
Jessica Wynne (Inline Freeskating)

Small Show Groups
Team Platinum (10 members)

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Four time World Champion Michael Butzke is heading to the Gold Coast and Brisbane this November.

Now a very successful coach in Europe with his skaters placing in National, European and German Cup events in the last few years, Michael will be hosting a figures and freeskating seminar, thanks to Australian Coach Karen Olsen.

The seminar is taking place from Friday 7 November with a 'Welcoming' and a picnic at the beach followed by classes on Saturday 8, Sunday 9 and Monday 10 November.
For further information and to register for the seminar, click here.

Registrations can be made at any time with payment due by October 10.

If you have any queries please email Karen at mbseminar2014@yahoo.com.au

RA4 3676300Australian Skater, Lauren Nash has returned from participating at the German Cup in May. This was Nash's second time participating in this event.


Overwhelmed by the exposure to the calibre of skating on the international stage, we have asked Lauren to share her experience with us all.

"I was so excited and grateful to be able to return to compete at the German Cup 2014 for the second year in a row.

I was so proud to be representing Australia and was looking forward to the competition. It was great (and a bit intimidating) to skate with such strong skaters, but it really pushed me to give it everything. There were about 180 skaters from 16 countries competing this year making it larger than last year.

This year I was competing in Youth Ladies and my first event –short program – was after the opening ceremony. I was the second skater in a group of 23. There were so many amazing skaters to watch and I was proud and honoured that I could share the floor with them.

Figures were the following day and with 24 competitors, the event went almost all day. Our event started at around 10am and we completed our first two figures before stopping for lunch and then finishing our last two figures by 4pm. My major goal was to improve on how I skated last year and I was extremely happy with my final result of 16th place.

Saturday was our long program and I was drawn to skate first (again), at least I was able to relax and watch the rest of my event. It was great to watch the following events too - I learnt so much just from watching.

I had such a great time and was truly honoured to represent Australia at this international event. I loved seeing my friends again from last year and made many new friends this year. I was thrilled to be in the local Freiburg Newspaper too! The German Cup is an incredible experience and I am fortunate to have been able to attend again this year."

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Thirty-five athletes recently represented Australia at the 2014 Oceania Artistic Championships held in Palmerston North, New Zealand. They were accompanied by the management team of Brena Roberts (Team Manager), Anita Hunt (Team Coach/Assistant Team Manager) and Alice Alibrandi (Assistant Team Manager). The skaters were selected based upon their performances at the 2013 Australian Championships.

All skaters skated to a very high standard and their off-floor respresentation was commented upon by members of the NZ team and organising committee. This is a credit to each and every representative.

Results were as follows:

• Masters mens figures – Gordon Homes 2nd
• Masters ladies figures – Bernadine Geary 2nd
• Masters advanced ladies figures – Kris Chiesa 1st, Elizabeth Rutherford 2nd
• Senior ladies figures – Katrina Smith 2nd
• Cadet ladies freeskating – Ashlee Smith 3rd
• Youth ladies freeskating – Mary Rutherford 1st, Breeana Copeland 3rd
• International inline freeskating – Jessica Wynne 1st
• Cadet solo dance – Hannah Cole 3rd
• Youth solo dance – Nicholas Singh 2nd
• Masters solo dance – Shane Haylock 1st, Peter Midolo 2nd
• Masters advanced solo dance – Emma Cash 2nd, Anne Edwards 3rd
• Junior solo dance – Brittany Hammond 3rd
• Youth dance pairs – Nicholas Singh & Breeana Copeland 1st
• Masters dance pairs – David & Kerrie Curtis 1st, Peter & Barbara Rye 3rd
• Masters advanced dance pairs – Andrew English & Renee French 1st

Australia were also successful in bringing home the perpetual Masters trophy. Congratulations to all skaters, coaches and management for a fantastic week!

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The 2014 Artistic National Championships will be held in Queensland this year at the Mt Warren Sports Centre, Milne Street Beenleigh.

 

Keep your eye on this page for all important information leading into this event.

The program of events is now available! Click here to view!

 

For live streaming, click here!

To view the results, click here.

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