Beautiful on ice

2015-05-05 07:15

Michaela du Toit is a South African who lives and trains in Toronto, Canada. She will compete in the senior women’s division.

Michaela du Toit is a South African who lives and trains in Toronto, Canada. She will compete in the senior women’s division.

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Figure skating of the highest calibre will be on display when the South African National Figure Skating Championships take place at the Ice Station at Grandwest Casino and Entertainment Centre from Monday 11 to Tuesday 12 May.

More than 100 skaters from all over the country will take part, all vying to take the title in their respective divisions.

In the senior women’s division Kim Falconer and Michaela du Toit will be competing for the title.

Du Toit has just moved up from the junior section and took part in the international junior worlds event in Estonia in March.

In the senior men’s section, Johann Wilkinson will be competing to retain his national title.

Four skaters will take part in the junior women’s section. Matthew Samuels and Ancio van Tonder will go head to head in the junior men’s division.

There are 11 entrants in the novice women’s and men’s division with 21 skaters taking part in the pre-novice girls’ and boys’ divisions. The youngest section – juvenile girls and boys – has seven skaters in action.

In the synchronized skating division, where a team of up to 16 skaters perform in unison to music on the ice, four teams have entered.

Novice synchro: Team Lion Cubs from Central Gauteng and team Silhouette from WP, will be skating their best to take this title.

Junior synchro: Team Rainbow from WP is the only entry. This team recently took part in the International Junior World Synchronised Skating Championships in Croatia.

Senior synchro: Team Sun Things, the senior WP team, has previously participated in internationals as well as in the Senior World Synchronised Skating Championships.

“We are looking forward to some excellent skating from all these skaters, and the event promises to be exciting and as usual, beautiful to watch,” says Dawn van der Riet, chairperson of South African Figure Skating Association (SAFSA) WP.

“The judging is done on a computerised system, where each element skaters perform is evaluated, and given a value. These are added together to form the final score, and the highest score wins.”


. Monday 11 May: 13:30-18:00: Juvenile girls and pre-novice and novice short programmes

. 19:00-20:30: Junior and senior short programmes

. Tuesday 12 May: 13:30-18:00: Pre-novice and novice free skate finals

. 19:00-20:30: Junior and senior free skate finals

Entrance is R40 per session, or a season ticket for all four events will cost R120.


Contact Dawn van der Riet on 083 303 4907 or for more information

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