ISA Senior National Champions 2017
L-R: ISQ President, Francis Rigby,
Andrew Dodds & Chantelle Kerry (Ice Dance);
Brendan Kerry (Mens); Kailani Craine (Ladies);
Paris Stephens & Matthew Dodds (Pairs);
ISA President, Peter Lynch.
Celebrating our Adult Skating Community
International Adult Figure Skating Competition
13 - 18 June 2017 ~ Oberstdorf, Germany
It is clear that Adult Figure Skating is a fast growing area of this divine sport and no where else can you go to see such fabulous camaraderie and unbounded joy than at the annual gathering of adults in Oberstdorf, Germany ~ Where 'throwies' are a fine thing and friends are in abundance!
Check out our Aussies having an atypical Obi 'Kiss N Laugh' moment at 01:55, in this parting video to the left.
560 Adult Skaters ~ 36 Countries ~ A true 'international' event!
Where flags fly and trumpet fanfares hail a new warm up group onto the ice.
Oberstdorf has a 'sister' event now with Vancouver, Canada offering another annual competition in August 21-26. Also held under the auspices and support of the International Skating Union.
Well done TeamAUdult!
Silver Men V Free Skating ~ Keith Dickson 1st
Gold Ladies III Free Skating ~ Melissa Staples 9th
Silver Ladies I Free Skating ~ Heidi Fearnside 3rd; Nicole Bateson 9th
Silver Ladies II Free Skating ~ Aleatha Shanley 22nd
Silver Ladies III Free Skating ~ Stephanie Huot 9th; Deborah Howard 16th
Bronze Ladies II Free Skating ~ Christine Giles; Pamel Nicol
Bronze Ladies V Free Skating ~ Wendy Meik 2nd; Beverly Wilkinson 5th
Ice Dance Silver Pattern Dance ~ Heidi Fearnside / Brooke Crawford 8th
Silver Men III Artistic ~ Brooke Crawford 1st
Silver Men V Artistic ~ Keith Dickson 1st
Gold Ladies III Artistic ~ Melissa Staples 5th
Silver Ladies I Artistic ~ Heidi Fearnside 3rd; Nicole Bateson 4th
Silver Ladies II Artistic ~ Aleatha Shanley 14th
Silver Ladies III Artistic ~ Stephanie Huot 11th
Bronze Ladies II Artistic ~ Pamela Nicol 8th; Christine Giles 21st
Bronze Ladies V Artistic ~ Wendy Meik 4th; Beverly Wilkinson 7th
PAIRS SEMINAR APPLAUDED
ISU Pair Skating Development Training Seminar for Coaches and Pair Skaters
Moscow, Russia, 4 – 14 May, 2017
This seminar was attended by Ekaterina Alexandrovsiay and Harley Windsor (AUS), current ISU Junior World Champions. They were accompanied by their Sydney based coach, Andrei Pachin.
The ISU Sports Director, Figure Skating - Singles & Pairs, Charlie Z. Cyr, commented:
"The Development Pair Seminar held in Moscow has just ended and I wanted to let you know that your team(s) selected and sent did a wonderful job in participating. There were many firsts that occurred and it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm build as the week progressed.
It is extremely important for you to know that your athletes represented your Federation in an exemplary way in showing respect, good will and sportsmanship to their fellow athletes, seminar and facility staff.
I am extremely proud of all of them and their accomplishments this week so please make the Leadership in your Federation aware of this positive experience."
The seminar was located at the Training Center “Novogorsk" - an Olympic Training Centre with a hotel inside.
ISA extend their congratulations and thanks to the ISU team and the local organising committee in Moscow!
Men's Short Program, Asian Winter Games ~ #Sapporo2017
Brendan Kerry at 1:47:50
Vale Robyn Symons
On behalf of the Australian ice skating community, ISA wishes to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and community of Robyn Symons.
Robyn tragically passed away last night after a sudden and unfortunate accident.
Our warmest thoughts are with her two daughters, Maree and Melanie and their extended family, Ice Skating Queensland and the broader skating community.
Robyn was known and loved for her passion and dedication to this sport as a well known and committed judge, giving her time lovingly to test nights for ISQ, as well as competitions and events.
She will be missed enormously.
Celebrating TeamAUS at Four Continents 2017
Congratulations to all our skaters in their fabulous efforts and hearty performances in Korea ~ 14th to 19th Feb, 2017
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ISA Announces TeamAUS Nominations for
ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Further information to come
ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2017
15 - 19 Mar 2017
Taipei City Chinese Taipei
ISU Challenger Series ~ Kerry a standout 4th in final results!
The final standings for the ISU Challenger Series have been finalised and Brendan Kerry has attained an awesome 4th placing! (unofficial)
The 2016/2017 series was composed of nine events held between September and December 2016, with skaters permitted to compete in a maximum of three events. At the conclusion of the series, prize money is awarded to the top three (3) in each discipline in the final ranking. The ISU Challenger Series rankings were formed by combining the two highest final scores of each skater or duo.
Over the past three seasons, the series has provided opportunities for skaters to compete at international senior level and earn World Standing Points, as well as increase the opportunity for officials to officiate at an international level.
ISA would like to congratulation Brendan Kerry on his great results in this season's series, and his commendable 4th placing, only marginally edged out of the top three by Max Aaron (USA).
Placings for other TeamAUS athletes are below. Congratulations to all our skaters on their efforts!
Brendan Kerry ~ 4th Kailani Craine ~ 11th
Andrew Dodds ~ 27th Brooklee Han ~ 27th
Jordan Dodds ~ 30th
Mark Webster ~ 33rd
Kimberley Hew-Low/Timothy McKernan ~ 61st
Paris Stephens/Matthew Dodds ~ 23rd
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya/Harley Windsor ~ 33rd
The passing of Mary-Ellen Mather
Impassioned and dedicated lover of our sport
It is with great sadness that Ice Skating Australia announces the passing of another great stalwart in our sport of Figure Skating.
ISA extends their deepest sympathies and warmest thoughts to the family and friends of Mary-Ellen Mather.
Mary-Ellen Mather (nee Holland) passed away on the evening of December 21st and now rests after a long and brave battle with cancer. Despite her illness, Mary-Ellen recently attended the 2016 Australian Figure Skating Championships in Melbourne, supporting her W.A. community and watching with pride as her daughter Kirsten competed.
In March 1977 Mary-Ellen and her husband Doug founded the Western Australian Ice Skating Association and to the very end, Mary-Ellen was the heart, the soul, and the backbone of the Association. She was the coaching director for Perth Ice Arena’s Aussie Skate program, and was also the coaches representative to WAISA. Mary-Ellen taught generations of WA athletes, sharing her passion and love for the sport and she will long be remembered and respected within the ice skating community, locally and throughout Australia.
ISA were proud to induct Mary-Ellen into the ISA Hall of Fame at the final event banquet on December 2nd, which was a well deserved honour!
7 x times NSW Senior Champion, 4 x Times Australian Ladies Champion and World Championship representative, and Nationally Accredited Level 3 coach, Mary-Ellen represented Australia at the World Senior Championships in Geneva, as well as World Professional Championships in London. She trained in Sydney, London and Switzerland, and skated in Ice Shows and TV Shows in England. Mary-Ellen supported WAISA athletes at many AFSC events even when she had no personal or professional interest in the Championships.
The photos to the left were taken only 3 weeks ago on December 2nd as Mary-Ellen and her peers, Marcel K Doolan (accepted by his daughter, Margaret Nichols) and Joanne Carter, (accepted by NSWISA President, Paul Harris) were inducted into the ISA Hall of Fame.
Mary-Ellen will be greatly missed.
We offer our deepest condolences to Doug, Kirsten, Andrew and all the family.
Mary-Ellen Holland Mather
Mary-Ellen is pictured here at the presentation for Senior Ladies at the national championships, held in Prince Albert Park, Sydney in the early 1960's.
This was an outdoor rink!
In those days, only Senior divisions could compete at the national championships. Junior was added to the event in 1966.
The photo was shared from a collection by Trevor Bussey who was also a NSW skater. Trevor competed and won the Junior Men division in 1967. He now resides in Melbourne and coaches at Olympic Ice Skating Centre, Oakleigh.
Laying dormant for some 12 years, it was an exciting time for Ice Skating Australia recently to confer three new inductees into the ISA Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 2004, celebrating a centenary of Figure Skating in Australia ~ 1904 to 2004.
The evening selected to reinvigorate the Hall of Fame was Friday December 2nd and the final banquet at the conclusion of the Australian Figure Skating Championships 2016, recently held in Melbourne.
Joanne Carter could not attend however her award was accepted by Paul Harris, President of NSWISA.
The posthumous award for Marcel Doolan was lovingly accepted by his daughter, Margaret Nichols, and the skating community were honoured that Mary-Ellen Mather was present to accept her own award and be personally inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Also reinvigorated is the process for putting forward nominees for consideration, with all submissions now being accepted online. A renewed selection criteria, a list of the inductees to date including further information can be viewed on the ISA Hall of Fame page. It is hoped that a new nominee will be inducted annually, with a presentation at the AFSC.
Please see the HOF link below.
Photo courtesy of Michael Santer
The new ISA Hall of Fame inductees are:
Mary-Ellen Mather ~ WAISA
Next to being an integral part of WAISA from its origins to today, Mary-Ellen was also an athlete: 7 x times NSW Senior Champion, 4 x Times Australian Ladies Champion and World Championship representative, Mary-Ellen represented Australia at the World Senior Championships in Geneva.
Joanne Carter ~ NSWISA
Joanne is considered the most successful Australian female figure skater.
She has represented Australia at two Winter Olympics (1998 and 2006), placing 12th overall in 1998, the highest ranking for an Australian Ladies competitor in our history. During an illustrious competitive career, she won 7 x National Senior Ladies titles.
Marcel Kingsley Doolan ~ ISQ
Born in Marrickville NSW, Marcel passed away in April 1996. His foundational contributions to the growth of figure skating in Australia is considerable. Marcel was both a recreational skater and the parent to a successful figure skating competitor, Margaret (Doolan) Nichols. Marcel was a foundational member and Honorary Director of the Ice Skating Club of NSW Co-operative Ltd, which gave new life to the declining rink in Burwood, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink.