News Archive July to Dec 2016
Australian skaters are making their mark on the international scene! With 3 dance teams making their ISU international debut at Andorra (Nov 20th), it is proving to be an exciting time for the development of figure skating in Australia, with the largest Australian ice dance contingent ever fielded at an international event.
There were further celebrations for this outing with 2 teams ~ Adele Morrison and Demid Rokachev, and Matilda Friend and William Badaoui attaining the qualifying scores for next year's Four Continents Championships for the first time. Junior team, Courtney Tyerman and Beau McElroy, attained the TES for junior worlds in SD, and Tiffany Miller and Jake Meyer competed admirably for their first international.
Kailani is seen here on the left ~ making memories with an on-the-podium selfie to capture a great moment - Silver medal at the Warsaw Cup in Poland. (19/11)
She gained a PB on her Free Skate with 110.07 points and 163.38 overall! Congratulations to TeamAUS!
HOLLY HARRIS and
both celebrated attaining podium places this month at the Volvo Open Cup 31st in Riga, Latvia.
Kailani's BRONZE medal included reaching a PB in her short program, scoring 54.14 points and a great start to the season.
Holly sat in 3rd after her short, presenting a beautifully scored L4 Step Sequence. After some close scoring in the free skate, she took the SILVER overall.
Well deserved for two very hard working skaters!
Here is Holly receiving her 2nd place award and on the ice in her Free Skate.
* Senior Men
~ Andrew Dodds 11th/12
* Senior Ladies
~ Kailani Craine 3rd/26
~ Brooklee Han 13th/26
* Senior Pairs
~ Paris STEPHENS / Matthew DODDS 2nd/2
* Senior Ice Dance
~ Kimberley HEW-LOW / Timothy MCKERNAN 8th/8
~ India NETTE / Patrick ADDERLEY 7th/8
* Junior Men
~ Charlton DOHERTY 9th/14
* Junior Ladies
~ Holly HARRIS 2nd/25
* Junior Pairs
~ Jessica ROTONDO / Ryan DODDS 5th/5
* Junior Ice Dance
~ Jessica PALFREYMAN / Charlton DOHERTY 11th/12
Aussie Skaters & World Rankings ~ Some Stats!
The ISU Development Program was established in 1996 as an essential tool for the promotion and development of the ISU sports. It is the ISU’s global initiative to improve the skating activities of ISU Members in a sustainable way ~
- To increase the numbers and improve the quality of Skaters, Coaches, and Officials engaged in competitive international Figure Skating and Speed Skating.
- To increase the number of ISU Members able to develop Skaters who are competitive at the international level, both at the highest level and at the level of qualifying for ISU Events and ISU disciplines at the Olympic Winter Games.
Kailani Craine, award recipient, congratulated by the ISA President, Peter Lynch.
Membership into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame is limited exclusively to the top echelon of athletes, and ISA is proud to announce the nomination of Senior Ladies champion, Kailani Craine as a recipient of the first scholarship award to a figure skating athlete.
In 2006 the SAHOF Board introduced ‘The Scholarship and Mentoring Program’ seeking to excite the next generation of young Australians to achieve their potential in both sport and life. This program aims to help young Australians to reach the highest level of their sport by providing financial funding and more importantly, unrivalled access to mentoring by Sport Australia Hall of Fame Members. Additionally, each successful scholarship holder is provided an international air fare, compliments of Etihad Airways to further their international and training experience.
Kailani receives a $5,000 award and is proud to be mentored by beach volleyball legend, Kerri Pottharst.
Please join us in congratulating Kailani on this superb achievement!
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala Dinner at the Palladium at Crown Melbourne took place Thursday evening.
The event was attended by ISA President, Peter Lynch, members of our own ISA Hall of Fame, Robyn Burley and Cameron Medhurst, and accompanied by ISA board members, Carole Ashworth and Wendy Meik, ISV representative Sharon Hedley, Belinda Noonan, Katherine Firkin, and Geoff and Gweneth Henke.
Kailani is pictured on the right with her mentor, Kerri Pottharst OAM.
Junior Grand Prix Final Potential!
The final results and points standing were published immediately after the completion of the last JGP in Dresden, showing Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor sitting in 7th place, and first of three substitute teams for the final in Marseille, France from December 8-11.
The ISU have now confirmed this Aussie Pairs team as first substitutes for the final! Certainly it would be a fabulous opportunity and we wish them well should it arise.
Alexandrovskaya and Windsor also made their senior debut at the 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy. They finished sixth and obtained the minimum technical scores to compete at senior-level ISU Championships.
A history making achievement for this eight-month old pair team, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor, having achieved so much already in their short time together. Although hailing from opposite sides of the earth, this pairing was meant to be.
Their performance at the end of August at ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Ostrava CZE already had the hallmarks of a wonderful team in the making, with commentator Ted Barton earmarking their great potential.
With confidence buoyed and a 'give it their all' attitude, they created history for Australia by earning the very first JGP medal, taking the podium in first place and being crowned pairs champions at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Tallinn, Estonia.
The skating world is sitting up and taking notice.
They are well supported by their families, but also by their coaches, Galina and Andrei Pachin, whose commitment to Harley and his skating talent has resulted in this wonderful pairs team!
Wishing them fabulous skating ahead and similar achievements in the future!
"This team has a very bright future!" ~ Ted Barton
TALLINN, ESTONIA – SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Alina Ustimkina and Nikita Volodin of Russia, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor of Australia and Ekaterina Borisova and Dmitry Sopot of Russia pose for a photo during the Junior Pairs Medal Ceremony on day two of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating on September 30, 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson – ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
2016 ~ 2017 International Season ~ Current Events
29 Sept - 01 Oct 2016 ~ ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Dresden, GERMANY
Jessica Rotondo and Ryan Dodds
Junior Ice Dance
Jessica Palfreyman and Charlton Doherty
ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016
JGP Dresden is the last of the 7 events in the series, with the final coming up in Marseille, France from December 8-11.
A very exciting Junior season for Australia with new skaters and teams competing and making their mark on the international stage.
Most exciting is the potential for pairs team, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor to stay in the top six and perform in the finals!
29 Sept - 01 Oct 2016 ~ Autumn Classic International in Montreal, CANADA
Paris Stephens/ Matthew Dodds
Lucy Sori Yun
Includes Junior Entry details, Schedules and
Live Stream Link
28 Sep - 1 Oct 2016 ~ ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Tallinn, ESTONIA
Junior Ice Dance
Anastasia Ozerova and Nicholas McCreary
Ekaterina Alezandrovskaya and Harley Windsor
2016 ~ 2017 International Season ~ Promising Performances!
31 August – 4 September ~ ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Ostrava CZE
Ekaterina Alezandrovskaya/ Harley Windsor
This comment below from Ted Barton, commentator on their short program.
"I'm not sure they know how good they could be. They're big, they're strong, they're fast," said one. "A little bit more experience and it's going to be very interesting to see what they do."
7 – 11 September ~ ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Yokohama JPN
James Min ~ 15th place and a PB on the Free Skate with 91.95 points!
Junior Ice Dance
Matilda Friend/ William Badaoui ~ 10th place
Officials ~ Ms. Kylie Anne YACOPETTI * Ms. Lisa JELINEK * Ms. Catherine L. TAYLOR
12 – 18 September ~ 1st Mexican Open International Skating Competition in Mérida MEX
14 – 18 September ~ ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Saransk City RUS
Charlton Doherty ~ 14th place
14 – 18 September ~ U.S. International Figure Skating Classics in Salt Lake City USA
Brendan Kerry ~ 4th place
Andrew Dodds ~ 11th place
Jordan Dodds ~ 12th place
Paris Stephens/ Matthew Dodds ~ 5th place
~ Officials ~ Ms Susan Lynch * Ms. Angelique CLYDE-SMITH * Mr Peter Cain
Brendan Kerry AUS
22 - 24 Sep 2016 ~ ISU Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, GERMANY (Challenger Series)
Aussie Skaters ~ Season Starters!
2016 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy
Congratulations to all our Aussie skaters who competed recently at the Asian Open Trophy from 4th to 7th August.
The event was held in the SM Skating Rink, Mall of Asia in Manila.
Andrew Dodds, Mark Webster, Amelia Jackson, James Min,
Giuseppe Triulcio, Lucy Sori Yun, Grace Caly, Riley Muscat, Alara Su Ulker,
Paris Stephens/Matthew Dodds
They met up with a few Kiwis over there as well, and enjoyed some 'across the ditch' camaraderie!
Congratulations also to Harrison Bain, Michael Durham and Brooke Tamepo.
Hoping to see these NZ skaters back at AFSC 2016 later in the year.
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016/17 series Announcement has been published.
Celebrating New ISU Qualifications
2016 ISU Global Seminar, Frankfurt, Germany
ISA and the skating community wishes the following people, warmest congratulations on passing their examinations in Frankfurt!
Australia is truly fortunate to have this level of technical ability to serve on Judging and Technical Panels at our local, interstate and national competitions.
Debbie Noyes ~ ISU Technical Controller - Pairs (adding to her ISU Technical Controller - Singles!)
Clarence Ong ~ ISU Technical Specialist - Singles
Katherine Firkin ~ International Technical Specialist - Ice Dance
Maria Borounov ~ International Technical Specialist - Ice Dance
Evgueni Borounov ~ International Technical Specialist - Singles
Dion Cunningham ~ International Data Replay Operator
DELEGATES: Peter Lynch * Angelique Clyde-Smith * Mark Lynch
This Congress was historic in the history of the ISU due to the retirement of several long standing office holders, and importantly, that of the President Ottavio Cinquanta.
The report covers the most significant changes to rules, regulations and elections.
ISU Comm 2014 ~ Single & Pair Skating - Changes in General Regulations, Special Regulations and Technical Rules accepted by the 56th ISU Congress
ISU Comm 2015 ~ Ice Dance - Scales of Values, effective July 1st 2016
ISU Comm 2016 ~ replaces ISU Communication 1966 and SOV information on page 1 of ISU Communication 1967 Clarification to ISU Communication 2012 Appendix A – Elements in Synchronized Skating Appendix B - Scale of Values of the Synchronized Skating Elements
ISU Comm 2018 ~ Summary of the 56th Ordinary Congress 2016. Elected and Appointed Positions.
Congratulations to Susan Lynch voted back into the ISU Technical Committee, Singles and Pairs.
As a highly regarded official, we are very fortunate to have Susan representing our federation.
Aussie Skaters ~ Early Season!
Broadmoor Open in Colorado Springs, USA ~ June 27th
Australian Novice Ladies Champion Holly Harris fought back from a disappointing 10th place in the Junior Ladies Short Program to deliver a spectacular Free Program and finish in 4th place overall at the Broadmoor Open in Colorado Springs, USA on the weekend.
The USFS event, which draws competitors from across USA and international competitors acts as a benchmark for US skaters who are vying for entries into the ISU Junior Grand Prix.
Following a flawless five-minute warm up, Holly skated first in the Short Program but it was not the performance she was looking for with misses on the opening triple salchow and falling off the take-off edge on the triple loop.
“There was a lengthy delay before calling her name. Her focus shifted to what was happening on the judges’ panel rather than on what she had to do, but she learned a valuable lesson,” said coach Christy Krall.
Selected for Skate America, October 2016
Great news for Australian Men's Champion Brendan Kerry on July 1st, after he was selected to compete in Skate America ~ the first of the six ISU Grand Prix series.
There is potential for Brendan to receive second assignment as the series gets going. Let's keep our fingers crossed for him.
Brendan, an OWIA athlete, trains in Los Angeles with Tammy Gambill. His choreographer is Canadian, Mark Pillay.
Further details about Skate America can be found on the event page: