I recently returned from four fabulous days in Calgary, Alberta, where I was competing at the 2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships with my team Gold Ice.
For those of you who don’t know, synchronized skating teams consist of about 16 figure skaters, who perform a 4 minute program, skating in unison to execute different formations such as circles, blocks, lines and intersections (if you are having trouble picturing it here is a video of my team competing at the Ontario Regional Synchronized Skating Championships, see if you can spot me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4ipfGOl6u0).
My team, Gold Ice, has 18 skaters and competes in the open category. Many of the girls on my team (including myself) are former competitive skaters, and this category offers an opportunity for us to keep active in the sport with less of a time commitment than a competitive team.
Nationals this year was held at Canada Olympic Park, home to the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games. It was an honour to compete at a facility where so many world-class athletes have competed and which is still a bustling training centre.