Hamilton, April 10-11, 2015

Hamilton, April 10-11, 2015

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is proud to be the host city of the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships© 2015. A uniquely urban destination surrounded by stunning nature, Hamilton offers
visitors an ideal blend of history, culture and outdoor adventure. Less than a one-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls, the city boasts a strong arts scene, award- winning dining and a vast outdoor playground for nature enthusiasts. This guide provides important information you will need as you prepare to attend the ISU World Synchronized Championships 2015. Hamilton, with a population of over 500,000 is one of Canada’s major cities and is one of Ontario’s most economically diverse.

NEXXICE Senior Raffle Winners

NEXXICE Senior Raffle Winners

Thank you to all who purchased tickets for the Senior team raffle. The winners are:

  • 1st prize – $1000 Air Voucher from Merit Travel – Rosa Botticelli
  • 2nd prize – HD TV – Gladys Cook
  • 3rd Prize – Apple iPad – Michael Puk
  • 4th Prize – Pair of Leaf Tickets – Karen Tresham
  • 5th Prize – Raptor Tickets – Greg Jones

Three National Championship Titles for NEXXICE

(Windsor, Ontario) With the best teams from across the country competing for Canadian titles in their categories at the 2012 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Windsor, Ontario this past weekend, NEXXICE Synchronized skating teams of Western Ontario earned three of the five championship titles that were on the line. In addition to earning top marks in Senior, Junior and Intermediate, NEXXICE earned third place in Open and fourth place in Novice.

With the event doubling as the World’s Senior Qualifier event, the NEXXICE team, coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter, earned the right to compete at the 2012 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, from April 13-14, 2012 as Team Canada 1. This is the 6th consecutive Canadian championship title for the 2009 World champion NEXXICE Senior team. The team, skating with exceptional grace and the “trademark” NEXXICE deep and silent edges earned a total of 206.96 points. Les Supremes of Quebec won the silver medal with 181.42 points and Xcellence claimed the bronze medal with 168.58 points.

In the junior category, NEXXICE held onto their lead with a perfectly executed program after the short program to win the national title. They won the free program and scored an overall score of 159.74 points. Les Supremes of Quebec captured the silver medal with 140.52 points and Xcellence also of Quebec won the bronze with 128.62 points. The team is coached by Trish Perdue- Mills and earned the right earlier this season to represent Canada at the 2012 Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup in Goteborg, Sweden from March 15-17.

In intermediate, NEXXICE skated a strong second free program to win the gold medal and championship title. In a nail-biting finish, the team scored a grand total of 89.90 points. Central Ontario’s Shiver finished in second place with 89.35 points and Quebec’s Évolution claimed bronze with 87.29 points. The team, in only its second year together, is coached by Alyson Eccles and Jennifer Beauchamp.

NEXXICE open skated two beautiful clean programs in the open category earning 100.30 points. Narrowly squeezing ahead for the gold medal was Nova of Quebec with a total of 104.56 points and  Gold Ice of Central Ontario with 102.97 points. The NEXXICE Open team is coached by Trish Perdue- Mills.

NEXXICE Novice scored 81.58, missing the podium by only 0.02 points, for a strong 4th place in an extremely competitive category. Les Pirouettes of Quebec earned first with a total of 89.13 points. Nova, and Les Supremes, also of Quebec picked up second and third placements with scores of 85.09 and 81.60 points respectively. The team is coached by Jennifer Beauchamp and Danyel Wright-Dykstra.

The NEXXICE coaching team was extremely happy with the performance of all 5 teams at the event. Head coach and Managing Director Shelley Barnett enthused “Earning 3 of 5 Canadian championship titles and placing in the top 4 of all 5 Skate Canada National categories shows the dedication of our talented coaches and skaters to providing the best synchronized skating programs in the province, country and world.”

NEXXICE Senior was founded in 2000. NEXXICE Junior and Open teams were formed in 2005. In 2011, the Juvenile, Novice and Intermediate teams also joined the NEXXICE family.

Pronounced nexus or nek’ ses, the name was chosen because of it’s meaning “a common bond or connection between a system or group of people.”

Connected in the pursuit of excellence

Top 4 finishes for all NEXXICE teams at Ontario regionals

(Kingston, Ontario February 14, 2012) Kingston’s Memorial Center was rocking over the past weekend as 91 synchronized skating teams with over 1500 skaters from across the province, representing all 4 regions, competed at the 2012 Ontario Regional Synchronized Skating Championships. The competition, the qualifying event for the Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior categories for the 2012 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships, saw NEXXICE teams qualify in all of these categories. The competition was also the highest level of competition for the Juvenile level skaters and the culmination of their competitive season.

NEXXICE Juvenile, coached by Alyson Eccles, and skating to “Rio” had a first place finish and a season high score (27.96) in their second skate , placing them 4th out of 13 teams with an overall score of 39.95. Other team placing in the Top 4 included Plattsville Pizzaz with 40.30, Oakville Edge with 40.12 and Leaside’s Synergy with 39.97. “I can’t say enough about the skaters on our Juvenile team. To finish the competitive season with the highest single skate score in Ontario at 27.96 culminates a great year for the team.” stated Coach Eccles displaying her pride for the team’s accomplishments.

Skating with confidence to the Wicked Witch from “the Wizard of Oz” movie, the NEXXICE Novice team, coached by Jennifer Beauchamp and Danyel Wright-Dykstra, placed 2nd out of 6 teams with a score of 78.09. Others in the top 4 included Leaside’s Synergy with 78.84, Oakville Edge with 65.72 and Ilderton Precisionnaires with 64.51.

Competing in a large and talented group of 7 competitors, NEXXICE Intermediate, coached by Alyson Eccles and Jennifer Beauchamp skated superbly to “Cabaret” placing them in 2nd with a score of 82.13. Other teams placing in the top 4 in this category included Shiver from East Gwillimbury with 87.84, London’s Synchronicity with 79.93 and Ilderton’s Silver Jets with 74.95.

Also placing 2nd at the competition, NEXXICE Open, skating to “Moulin Rouge”, scored 92.86. The other top 4 contenders Brampton’s Gold Ice, Nepean’s Source and Elora’s Luminice earned 102.19, 78.38 and 65.38 points respectively.

Skating a graceful short program to “Americano” along with a strong original free program to “Alice in Wonderland” earned NEXXICE Junior skaters first place once again. The team earned a total score of 134.72 points followed by Leaside’s Synergy with 96.18 points.  Trish Perdue- Mills is the coach for both the NEXXICE Open and Junior teams.

With their stand-out choreography and flawless skating to “Red Run: Tao Drummers of Japan” and music from the movie “Micmacs”, NEXXICE Senior, were also successful in once again earning first place, with top marks of 199.56.  Coached by Shelley Barnett and Anne Schelter the team are World Bronze Medalists for 2007 and 2008 and World Champions for 2009, as well as Canadian champions every year since 2007.

NEXXICE coaches were very encouraged by the progress of the NEXXICE teams as they progress towards Nationals and Worlds. Head coach and Managing Director Shelley Barnett enthused “The strong results by all of our teams shows that we are continuing to build our NEXXICE reputation for exceptional coaching and choreography, talent and dedication of our skaters and a commitment to providing the best synchronized skating programs in the province, country and world. I couldn’t be prouder of all 6 teams.”

NEXXICE Senior was founded in 2000. NEXXICE Junior and Open teams were formed in 2005. In 2011, the Juvenile, Novice and Intermediate teams also joined the NEXXICE family.

Pronounced nexus or nek’ ses, the name was chosen because of it’s meaning “a common bond or connection between a system or group of people.”

Connected in the pursuit of excellence

NEXXICE Senior team earns bronze medal in Austria

(Saltzburg, Austria January 29, 2012) It was a very successful week in Saltzburg, Austria for NEXXICE Senior. Skating at their second major ISU International synchronized skating competition this season, their strong short and free skates placed them on the podium once again, this time with a bronze medal.

The NEXXICE Senior team, coached by Shelley Barnett and Anne Schelter, and competing at the highest level for synchronized skating, earned first place for their short program which they skated flawlessly to “Red Run: Tao Drummers of Japan”. With the free program, amidst tough competition from 2011 World Champion teams from Finland, the NEXXICE team rated a strong performance score of 184.40, narrowly missing silver by 0.52 points and gold by only 3.28 points. The team’s original choreography and unique costumes, skated to music from the movie “Micmacs” was a crowd pleaser with fellow Canadian team Club Excellence of Laval Quebecenthusiastic cheerleaders for the team. The Canadian Champions for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, NEXXICE Senior are World Bronze Medalists for 2007 and 2008 and World Champions for 2009.

Coach Shelley Barnett was pleased with the team’s performance. “This is a major milestone in our development journey to World’s in Sweden this April. We’ve had two International competitions already this season and with our gold medals from London, Ontario and now the bronze in this tight competition in Austria, I am really excited about our prospects for the ISU World Championships of Synchronized Skating this season.”

Skater and co-captain Nichole Manahan enthused, “Our team is delighted to medal at this prestigious event. We know we have a top notch program, a team of talented skaters and with the exceptional coaching we receive from Shelley and Anne, we’re going to be strong contenders for the world title this season.”

The team’s skaters include Lee Chandler, Tara MacBournie, Madeline Durocher, Ellicia Beaudoin, Holly Peyton, Linda Mariotti, Karen Ballinger, Rebecca Wilkes, Amy Cebulak, Nichole Manahan, Shannon Aikman-Jones, Sam Defino, Becky Tyler, Emily Penrose, Cristi Orth, Megan Contois, Kiersten Tietz, Kelly Britten, Julie Remmert, Andree Flaherty, Lilli Rieck, Maria Albanese and Kristen Loritz. Team managers are Debbie Beauchamp and Kathy Psutka and the team’s business manager is Fran McLellan.

Full results for the Senior category include:

FPl.

Name

Nation

Points

SP

FS

1

MARIGOLD ICE UNITY

FIN

187.68

4

1

2

ROCKETTES

FIN

184.92

2

2

3

NEXXICE

CAN

184.40

1

3

4

TEAM UNIQUE

FIN

182.24

3

4

5

REVOLUTIONS

FIN

156.30

5

5

6

ICE’KATEERS

USA

119.84

6

7

7

HOT SHIVERS

ITA

117.97

7

6

8

TEAM DANCERS

SUI

101.24

9

8

9

DANDELION

ITA

92.68

8

9

10

ZAGREB SNOWFLAKES SENIOR

CRO

71.54

11

11

11

TEAM PASSION

HUN

68.63

10

12

12

INFUSION

AUS

68.40

13

10

13

SHINING BLADES

ITA

66.64

12

13

The NEXXICE Junior team will compete in the French Cup in Rouen, France next weekend.

NEXXICE Senior was founded in 2000. NEXXICE Junior and Open teams were formed in 2005. In 2011, NEXXICE expanded again by incorporating Juvenile, Novice and Intermediate into their program.

Pronounced nexus or nek’ ses, the name was chosen because of it’s meaning “a common bond or connection between a system or group of people.”

Connected in the pursuit of excellence

NEXXICE teams bring home medals after impressive skates in Chatham competition

(Chatham, Ontario , January 9, 2011) Burlington Skating Club’s NEXXICE skating teams had a successful weekend at the Lloyd Ogilvie Memorial Synchronized Skating competition held in Chatham this past weekend where 43 teams competed at the second major competition of the season. With strong teams from across the province, NEXXICE teams competed at the Intermediate, Novice and Juvenile levels – earning medals for Intermediate and Novice, while narrowly missing a medal for Juvenile. The NEXXICE Junior and Open teams provided demonstrations of their programs to the delight of  crowd that filled the arena to standing only capacity. The NEXXICE Intermediate team is coached by Alyson Eccles and Jennifer Beauchamp, the NEXXICE Novice team is coached by Jennifer Beauchamp and Danyel Wright-Dykstra, while the NEXXICE Juvenile team is coached by Alyson Eccles. Trish Mills is the coach for NEXXICE Junior and Open teams and Shelley Simonton-Barnett and Anne Schelter coach the NEXXICE Senior team.

Skating an exciting and uplifting program to “Cabaret” the Intermediate team competed early Saturday evening to a nail-biting conclusion – skating away with a silver medal after they earned an overall competition score of 76.43. Strong performances were also on exhibit with London’s Synchronicity receiving gold for total competition points of 81.84 and Ilderton Silver Jets earning bronze with 64.07 points.

The NEXXICE Novice team had two elegant and strong skates to music from “Wizard of Oz earning them definitive gold medals with a combined score of 66.44. Their second skate, scoring 45.10 was a season high for the team. The silver medals for the competition went to Ilderton Precisionaires with 59.57 points and bronze was awarded to Alvinston Ice Angels with 42.03 points.

In the Juvenile category, skating to a fast and exciting rendition of “Rio”, the NEXXICE team narrowly missed a medal with a score of 31.85.

Coach Alyson Eccles was proud on the continued the progress of the NEXXICE teams as they progress towards the major Winterfest competition where 78 teams from across Canada will compete at the Hershey Center in Mississauga next weekend. “This weekend gave our teams the chance to see the impact of their hard work over the past 9 months as their programs really took shape on the ice.” Continued coach Jennifer Beauchamp, “With Winterfest next weekend, 3 weeks to prepare for Ontario Regionals and 5 weeks to prepare for the National  championships, we’re building at the right pace towards our long-term goals.”

The Winterfest competition next weekend is the largest Canadian competition outside of Nationals for the teams and especially important to the NEXXICE Junior team, as the skate determines who will represent Canada at the World Cup in Sweden later this Spring. In addition to the Juniors, NEXXICE teams will compete at the Senior, Open, Intermediate, Novice and Juvenile levels.

NEXXICE Senior was founded in 2000. NEXXICE Junior and Open teams were formed in 2005. Pronounced nexus or nek’ ses, the name was chosen because of it’s meaning “a common bond or connection between a system or group of people.”

Connected in the pursuit of excellence

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