AR7Q5115The 2015 Oceania Championships was held at Mt Warren stadium in Qld from 6th – 10th April. Over 100 skaters participated in the event. The Australian team was 45 strong with representatives from each state competing in Cadet, Youth, Junior, Senior and Masters grade competing in all disciplines. The team was ably supported by Nigel Foster, Anita Hunt and Brenda Roberts acting as team Management. This year we also welcomed skaters from both China and Japan competing in Dance, Figures and Freeskating.

While Australia was only successful in winning the overall points for the Masters section of the competition there was certainly some outstanding performances by many of our skaters.

Congratulations go to the following Australian Team members who were gold medal winners.

  • ·Cassandra Sellars                                          Senior Solo Dance
  • ·Sarah Butler                                                 Junior and Senior Freeskating
  • ·Rory Armfield and Megghann Thomas             Youth Dance Couples
  • ·Bridie Williams                                              Masters Ladies Figures
  • ·Michelle Evans                                              Masters Advanced Ladies Figures     
  • ·Drew Copeland                                              Cadet Men Figures and Freeskating
  • ·Rory Armfield                                                Junior Men Solo Dance
  • ·Shane Haylock                                               Masters Solo Dance

However congratulations go to all our skaters who performed to the best of their ability and represented their country with great pride. I would like to acknowledge the work of our judges and calculators, Dr Patricia Wallace, (Referee Aus) Jim Beard(Aus), Karen Aronis (Aus), Kevin Wilkins (Aus), Jane Reason (NZ), Tony Alexander (NZ), (Judges) Chris Clough and Helen Lloyd Jones (calculators) who worked tirelessly throughout the competition. Also thanks go to the many Queensland volunteers who assisted with the music and announcing, marshalling and venue organisation and also to the gift collectors who helped with the medal presentations. Their input helped to make it such a successful event.

Pam Young

AAC Chair

Thank you to Auckland Sports Photography for capturing every moment of the Oceania Championships 

The 2015 Artisitic Skating Oceania Tournament is being held in Brisbane, Queensland between the 4th-10th April 2015

Results

Tuesday 7th April 2015

Masters Championships- Masters Dance

Precision/Show Championships- Mini Precision

Thursday 9th April 2015

Senior Championships- Senior Ladies dance & Senior Men Solo Dance

Junior Championships-Junior Ladies Freeskating, Junior Men Freeskating & Junior Figures

Masters Championships- Masters Dance, Masters Ladies Figures, Masters Mens Figures & Advances Ladies Figures

Precision/Show Championships- Mini Precision

Masters Championships- Masters Dance, Ladies Figures, Mens Figures & Advanced Ladies Figures

Junior Championships- Junior Ladies Freeskating-Final, Junior Men Freeskating- Final &Junior Figures

Cadet Championships- Cadet Ladies Free- Final, Cadet Men Free- Final & Cadet Solo Dance

Youth Championships- Youth Ladies Freeskating, Youth Dance & Youth Solo Dance

Senior Championships- Ladies Solo Dance- Final, Men Solo Dance Final, Ladies Freeskating Final & Men Freeskating Final

Friday 10th April 2015 FINAL RESULTS

Precision/Show ChampionshipsMini Precision Final

Senior Championships- Ladies Solo Dance Final, Men Solo Dance Final, Men Figures, Ladies Figures, Ladies Freedance- Final, Men Freedance- Final

Youth Championships- Ladies Freeskating, Youth Dance, Youth Solo Dance, Ladies Figures 

Senior Championships- Masters Dance, Ladies Figures, Mens Figures, Advanced Figures Ladies, Solo Dance, Advanced Solo Dance

Cadet Championships- Ladies Free- Final, Men Free- Final, Solo Dance, Men Figures & Cadet Ladies Figures

Junior Championships- Ladies Freeskating- Final, Men Freeskating- Final, Ladies Figures, Ladies Solo Dance- Final, Men solo Dance- Final

Masters Championship- Total Points

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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