By GUY WILLIAMS
Queenstown Ice Skating Club members have been carving it up on ice this season.
Five young figure skaters placed either first or second in their categories at the South Island champs two weekends ago, while five girls and two adult skaters have met the
challenging qualifying standards for the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championship
in Auckland in October.
At the South Island champs, Zoe Thurston, 10, won the Kiwi Skate under-12 category while Sabine Edmonds, 13, won the Juvenile Ladies.
Runners-up in their categories were: Georgia Chinn, 14 (Intermediate Novice Ladies); Clarice de Oliveira, 13 (Basic Novice Ladies); and Matilda Verbeck, 9 (Kiwi Skate U12).
Club president Turi Edmonds says to qualify for the nationals, skaters have to achieve a minimum ‘‘technical element score’’ at competitions as well as passing rigorous, internationally-recognised skills and performance tests.
Joining Georgia, Sabine and Claricea in the team will be Megan Carr, 16, Mia Cotton, 10, and adult skaters Jacque Harrison and Rachel Sidda.
Meanwhile, Tailah Adams-Campbell, 13, has been selected for the NZ development squad and NZ B international representative team.
Georgia joins her in the latter team, with both competing at the upcoming Australian national champs.
Edmonds says the club’s thriving with 60 members, including some who travel from Wanaka, and three coaches.
Most kids start with Kiwi Skate, the club’s learn-to-skate programme, and from there can go on to hockey and figure skating.
There’s also an adult skating programme, with beginners and some skaters returning to
the sport later in life.
‘‘It boasts a supportive community of mums and dads and skaters who genuinely get
excited for each other’s child’s achievements.
‘‘It’s an ideal situation.’’
Members have their fingers crossed they can hold the club’s own championships at the
Queenstown Ice Arena on September 11, Covid restrictions allowing, she says.