Wednesday, February 28, 2024

First NZ team to qualify for junior world synchro champs

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Titanium at competitions in Auckland last year.  Photo Olga Levien, Levien Photography

Titanium, a junior synchronised ice skating team mostly from the Howick/Pakuranga area, attend ISU Junior World Synchronised Championships being held in Switzerland in March.

The team, all members of Howick-based Allegro Ice Dance Club and coached by Tracy Hipkiss, gained the qualifying score at the New Zealand Nationals in Dunedin in October and will represent New Zealand at the world championships.

Titanium is the first team in New Zealand to achieve the qualifying score to attend junior world champs.

The team is made up of 17 skaters and was formed in 2017. Team members trained through Covid lockdowns in their homes with strength exercises.

As well as their training of up to 10 hours a week, the team is fundraising to help get them to Switzerland by running sausage sizzles and will also be hosting a bingo night on February 10.

Details will be released soon on social media [see below].

A Givealittle page has been also set up and the team welcomes donations www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/fly-17-strong-synchronized-ice-skaters.

The team’s social media links are via Facebook – Allegro Ice Dance Club, Instagram Titanium.juniornz and the website www.allegro.org.nz.

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