Club skater Nicole Burt is part of the Nexxice team that won a silver medal at the World Senior Synchronised Skating Championships this weekend (April 5-6). Nexxice were in the lead after the short programme but ended up just half-a-point behind Finland after the long programme. Many congratulations to Nicole who is we believe the first skater from our province to win a World medal in any discipline.
The club’s intermediate synchronised skating team Synergy, is competing at the 2013 Skate Canada National Synchronised Skating Championships in Calgary this week. The event is hosting close to 900 skaters and coaches on 48 teams from across the country that will compete for Canadian titles in the senior, junior, open, intermediate, and novice categories. After their first skate they were in twelfth place, scoring 36.72. They improved in their second skate scoring 37.35, and likely will finish 12th overall. Twelfth place equals their best placing in four trips to Nationals, but represents an improvement in that they were competing in a larger field (16), and for the first time finished ahead of two teams from traditional synchro powerhouse Quebec.
Congratulations to club member Nicole Burt (and former Synergy skater) whose Nexxice Senior team captured their 7th straight Canadian Championship, and qualified for Worlds.
Our Intermediate synchro team Synergy competed at Atlantic Divisionals this weekend and beat from PEI and Nova Scotia to win gold. They had a lead of less than a point after scoring 18.05 on their first skate but improved to score 20.53 in their second skate, and their final total of 38.58 gave them the win by three points. The team has not been beaten by Atlantic Canada competition since 2007.
Prince of Wales member Nicole Burt is skating with Nexxice, Canada’s top synchro team, and was featured as part of a story on the team in the Toronto Star:-
“This is 19-year-old Nicole Burt’s first year on the team. Originally from St. John’s, N.L., she lives with three teammates and works full time to cover her rent and skating costs. She estimates she pays about $1,200 a month to be on the team. But for her, being able to train with and compete against the best teams in the world is fulfilling.
“Some days I feel like I have to skate twice as hard as everyone else and push myself twice as hard just to get to their level for everything. It’s definitely stressful, and more pressure … but I love the feeling,” she said.
The May 28 edition of the Telegram featured a story on Prince of Wales member Nicole Burt’s joining Canada’s top synchronized skating team, Nexxice
“I was so nervous at the tryouts. I was keeping up with them and I didn’t fall or anything, but inside I was freaking out completely, and I’m still freaking out completely.” Admittedly, Burt is still worked up over as joining the team requires her to leave the family nest and move to Burlington on her own. “I think that’s part of the reason I feel so overwhelmed about it, not only am I representing the country but I’ve got to move out on my own.”
Congratulations to Nicole Burt who has skated with Synergy for many years who has been selected to join the Nexxice Senior team – Canadian champions and World silver medal winners
Nexxice web site
Synergy team member Melanie Bingle was featured in the Western Star last week in this article by Dave Kearsey
Her time to shine – Melanie Bingle to perform on national synchro skating scene with Synergy
Growing up as a competitive athlete, Melanie Bingle always dreamed of representing her province on the national stage.
She spent countless early-morning hours honing her skills in singles skating with the Deer Lake Skating Club since the age of three, but never experienced skating in front of a national audience during her amateur career.
After so long, she just gave up on the idea.
However, things changed when the 19-year-old Deer Lake native relocated to St. John’s back in September to begin her pursuit of a commerce degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
A desire to skate still burning in her belly, Bingle eventually found herself lacing up the blades to give synchronized skating a whirl for the first time. She became a member of the Prince of Wales Skating Club’s Synergy synchronized skating team — helping the 16-member squad to gold at the provincial synchronized skating championships in Corner Brook last week.
The club’s top synchronized skating team, Synergy, is competing at the national synchronized skating championships for the third straight year. They competed against twelve other teams from across Canada in the Intermediate category. They had a good first skate on Thursday and scored 21.26. They scored slightly lower on their second skate (40.51) for an overall score of 61.97, and finished 12th, their best finish of their three trips to Nationals.
The team members are Carly Austin, Valerie Ball, Melanie Bingle, Nicole Burt, Laura Doulton, Susie Doulton, Suzannah Healey, Jenna Hillyard, Sarah Hogan, Lana McCaw, Stephanie Nevin, Jennifer Noel, Samantha Phelan, Clara Pollard, Hayley Porter, Marlee Rae, Tiffany Whynot, and Siobhan Wilkins. The team finished 14th at last year’s nationals.
Competition web page
Our intermediate synchro team, Synergy, traveled to PEI, for the 2012 Atlantic Regional Synchronized Skating Championships, January 27-29. They beat teams from PEI and Nova Scotia for the Atlantic Championships and will represent the Atlantic region at the Canadian Championships February 23-25 in Windsor, Ontario. They scored a total of 68.59 points, with their second skate a slight improvement on their first.
The team members are Carly Austin, Valerie Ball, Melanie Bingle, Nicole Burt, Laura Doulton, Susie Doulton, Suzannah Healey, Jenna Hillyard, Sarah Hogan, Lana McCaw, Stephanie Nevin, Jennifer Noel, Samantha Phelan, Clara Pollard, Hayley Porter, Marlee Rae, Tiffany Whynot, and Siobhan Wilkins; coach Shirley Thistle, and managers Donna Burt and Lisa McCaw.
Competition web page
Our Intermediate synchro team Synergy competed at the 2011 BMO Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Brampton, ON. Approximately 53 synchronized skating teams travelled from across Canada to compete in the novice, intermediate, open, junior and senior categories. Synergy had an good first skate scoring 50.61, and followed that with another solid skate, scoring 48.54 – they placed 14th. Their total of 73.84 was less than a point below their own provincial record.
Competition web site