Figure skating is one of the most popular sports in the world today. In Australia more than one and a half million people lace up skates every year. The inclusive programs Ice Skating Australia offer, encourage people to become involved and stay involved for life.
Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions lively using a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. Aussie SkateTM is the feeder program to all other Australian skating programs, from club competition to National championships and along the Olympic pathway. Aussie SkateTM is also the feeder program in to Ice Hockey and Speed Skating .
Aussie SkateTM is the national learn-to-skate program, and an initiative of Ice Skating Australia. It is a fun, challenging and rewarding program for all ages and abilities.
ISA has been advised that Queensland Novice Lady Skater Corina Ormston is the recipient of the 2015 Simon Waller Memorial Award.
Unlike most skating competitions, entrants were asked to explain why they should win the award rather than show their skating prowess on ice.
Corina will be able to select a pair of John Wilson blades (made by HD Sports, the world’s leading figure skate blade manufacturer) which the company will prepare specially for her and engrave with her name.
The award was created in memory of Simon Waller, Simon was an inspirational world-class skater and coach until his untimely death in January 2013. He was always passionate about his sport and a true inspiration to hundreds of people around the world.
Born in England where he started skating when he was 10, Simon went on to win silver at the British Junior Championships in January 2006 when he was the only skater, at any level, to land a triple-triple combination and showed in practice that he could land triple axel and quadruple jumps. In addition to his breath-taking jumps and beautiful, flexible spins, what really made him shine was his stunning artistry, expressiveness and one-ness with his music and choreography. He really was a joy to watch. He immigrated to Australia the following year, having won bronze in the Australian Championships in August 2006 (his first senior competition) when he fell in love with the country. He last competed at the Australian Championships in 2008 when he won the short program.
Simon’s wisdom - ‘In Pursuit Of Your Passion, Be Neither Timid Nor Afraid’.
ISA takes this opportunity to congratulate Corina Ormston on winning this award and thanks Simon’s Family and HD Sports for supporting our skaters and helping to remember Simon.
The following competitions have been approved as Benchmark Events for 2015:
The ISA Benchmark Event Criteria policy details the criteria for the conduct of these events, which are primarily Judging & Technical panel requirements. We apologise for the short notice of this, however for the 2016/2017 season, we will be using this criteria with a request for inclusion date to be received by ISA by 15 January, 2016.
2015 Australian Figure Skating Championships
Friday 27 November - Friday 4 December 2015
Penrith Ice Palace. NSW
Brooklee Han (Ladies), Danielle O'Brien & Greg Merriman (Ice Dance), and Brendan Kerry (Men)
Australia had its largest figure skating team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in 15 years with representatives in three out of four figure skating disciplines. AUSTRALIAN TEAM IN SOCHI HERE.