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Skaters let their creativity run wild

FIGURE skaters of all ages let their imaginations run loose on Saturday 30 July when they converged on the Glenorchy Ice Rink to compete in the Figure Skating Association of Tasmania’s (FSAT) Artistic Competition.

The highly anticipated figure skating event saw 14 Tasmanian skaters showcase their skills, ranging in age from five-years to adults.

FSAT member Melanie Backhouse said that unlike other competitions that mainly focused on the technical elements of the sport, the artistic competition was centred on character and music interpretation.

“This really gives the skaters a chance to let their hair down and have some fun,” she said.

“Skaters are judged on their skating skills, performance, execution, choreography and interpretation of music.

“The competition featured some beautiful princesses such as Rapunzel, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, as well as a mix of grooving “Cats” characters, Wonder Woman and even a tutu-clad Harry Potter tribute.

“In addition to the wonderful costumes and beautiful music, the routines showcased all the jumps, spins and amazing choreography that figure skating is known for.”

Ms Backhouse said the organisers were thrilledwith the attendance and support shown at the event.

FSAT’s next major event is the 2016 State Championships, which will be held on Saturday 8 October at the Glenorchy Ice Rink.

Doors will open at 4.45pm and entry is by gold coin donation.

Caption: Fourteen talented figure skaters converged on the Glenorchy Ice Rink to compete in the Figure Skating Association of Tasmania’s Artistic Competition. Pictured, back row, from left, Chloe Anderson, Kay Smolej, Macy Wallis, Amy Pailthorpe, Julie Tatlow, Kimberley Cherry, Olivia Archer; middle row, from left, Kimberly Gentile, Mia Backhouse, Alyssa Haremza, Masha Malovichko, Jessica Ashworth; front row, from left, Sienna Hoare, Ane De Jongh. Photo credit: Russ Tatlow – Photographic.

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