Ace performances by Ice Sports Southland competitors yielded seven gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championships.
Rink manager and choreographer Simone Thornett was rapt with her skaters’ performances at the championships, which were held at the Gore Ice Rink over four days last week.
“They all did really, really well. . .
“It’s the best results from them and I think it made the parents actually see what it’s all about .”
Siblings Cooper (9) and Maia (11) Petterson both had success, Cooper winning the juvenile under-12 boys’ event and Maia coming third in the juvenile under-12 girls’ event.
They were both named in the New Zealand development squad alongside Hannah Sutton (11).
Hannah won bronze in the section for intermediate novice females and was selected for the New Zealand team for the Australian National Championships, being held next month.
Chonelle Evans and Daniel Kovarski (both 12) won gold in juvenile pairs division, despite having been together for only the past year.
Daniel also won silver in the juvenile male, 12 and over, section.
Isla Newton travelled from Dubai to compete for Ice Sports Southland at the championships.
Isla (13), who is formerly of Gore, won gold in the juvenile ladies 12 and over category which was her first national competition.
Advanced novice dancers Isabelle Guise (16) and Dashane Du Plessis (17) won gold to replicate their win in juvenile dance at nationals last year.
Adult skaters Kelly Hoebergen, Chris Stevens and Sandra Swensson all won gold in their categories.
Hosting the nationals in Gore was a success, Thornett said.
“It went amazingly and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves, which was good.
“It was great for the town and hopefully it opens the door for other opportunities around here.”
More than 180 skaters competed in the event, clubs from Auckland, Alexandra, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown sending their top skaters.
Auckland had the strongest contingent with four different clubs involved.
“They are always going to be big.”
Ice Sports Southland skaters would have national testing in December before putting on an end-of-year show for the community, she said.
The national championships would be held in Dunedin next year.