Synchronised skating to debut in Moray

Synchronised Ice Skating arrives in Moray for the first time.
Synchronised Ice Skating arrives in Moray for the first time.

ICE SKATING ENTHUSIASTS in Moray are set for a treat this weekend as synchronised skating arrives in the region for what is believed to be the first time.

Local ice skating coach and choreographer Jon Behari is introducing the team sport ice skating discipline to Elgin – and the public is being offered a free opportunity to see from themselves what it all involves.

Amanda Clinton, who is from Inverness, will be at the Moray Leisure Centre Ice Rink on Saturday – she is a world Synchro coach for Team Belgium and UK national technical specialist.

Joining her in Elgin will be demonstrators from the Highland Synchro Skating teams as well as the Team GB coach Sara Patterson, who is from Aberdeen.

Synchronised Skating involves teams of 8, 12, 16 and 22 skaters performing various multi-discipline elements. The teams perform edges, steps, lifts, spins, jumps, circles, lines and wheels to music.

The discipline is becoming a fast growing and integral part of figure skating and has big support in both Inverness and Aberdeen.

Jon Behari said: “I want to encourage skaters of all ages and abilities to attend the event this weekend – even if they feel too nervous to join in on the ice and simply just want to see what Synchro skating is about.”

The event will be held from 4pm to 6.15pm on Saturday at the Moray Leisure Centre. More up to date information can be found on Facebook.