NIISSA Skater Development Camp with Igor Tchiniaev

NIISSA are pleased to welcome Igor back to moderate the January 2018 Skating Development Camp to be held at Paradice Botany and Avondale Rinks from 18 - 21 January 2018.

To register your interest and secure your place, please click on the Registration Form link.

More details can be found in the Skating Development Camp Letter which can be downloaded.

For skaters in the South Island, Igor will be moderating a similar camp in Dunedin 22 - 26 January 2018, hosted by the Dunedin Ice Skating Club Details of the SI camp in Dunedin are found on the DISC website and also on the NZIFSA Competitions Page


AIFSC AGM and Christmas Party, 12 November 2017

Notice is hereby given for the AIFSC Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday, 12th November 4.45pm at Paradice Ice Skating Arena, cnr Ti Rakau Drive and Botany Road, Botany Downs.   Attached please find the following:

·         AGM Agenda

·         Minutes 2016 AGM

As per our constitution, please note that on any issues requiring voting, only paid-up members are eligible to vote.  For example if you have paid a family membership, all family members listed on the membership form will be eligible to vote, but if you have only paid an individual membership for your child, you as the parent/s will not be eligible to vote.

We are also calling for nominations for the following roles:

AIFSC President

AIFSC Vice President

AIFSC Treasurer

AIFSC Test Coordinator

Please send your nominations through to AIFSC Secretary on aifscsecretary@gmail.com – we look forward to hearing from you.  If you would like to know more about any of the above roles, please let me know.  Please don’t be daunted by the various roles, there is plenty of help and support along the way and we really do need new members coming on board to the committee.

Voting will take place for the following:

New Committee Officers

New Commitee Members

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Once again, following on from previous successful combinations of the AGM and Christmas Party, which keeps our skaters, friends and any other family members entertained while the AGM is in progress, we have booked the ice from 4:45pm 6:45pm so come along, and have some fun. 

If you are new to our club this year, or even if you have only joined in the last month, you are MOST welcome to come along to the Christmas parts as well J This is a great time to get to know some of the other skaters and families in our club and is a wonderful social occasion.    There is no charge for using the ice and chips, lollies and soft drinks will be available for all.

The committee will bring a plate of nibbles, and any other donations for us all to enjoy will be appreciated.   Soft drinks will be supplied for all, but if you would like a beer or glass of wine, it will be BYO.

NZIFSA Administrator of the Year Award 2017

There were only two nominees for the Administrator of the Year award again this year, which was disappointing as we know we have some really great administrators out there in our clubs, but the quality of the two nominees we did have was far from disappointing.   The two nominees were Kirsty Cox and Mike Slater. 

Kirsty has been on the Canterbury Masters Committee since 2013 and is currently Vice President.  She has also a member of the South Island Ice Skating Sub Association committee since 2013 where she was elected as Treasurer and is still the current Treasurer.  She is fully involved in the organisation of the SI Championships and the 2016 National Championships that were held in Christchurch.  Kirsty is the Captain of Spectrum Synchro Team and is responsible for communications within the team, booking off-ice venues, fundraising and is always available for other fundraising ventures.  She is currently an NZIFSA judge for Singles, Pairs, Dance and Synchro and has been involved for the past 3-4 years.  Kirsty puts her hand up to help for anything she can, and is much more significant when you realise that Kirsty has two fully dependant special needs children aged 14 & 18.

The second nominee for this award is Mike Slater.  Mike, a skater in a previous life, is one of the Dad’s who is always there supporting the sport of his daughter.  He started off helping setting up competitions for AIFSC back in the day when the set up team had to be at the rink at 5am.  Becoming tired of the water-logged platforms he quietly decided to make new water-resistant platforms for the judges and when the judges asked if it was possible to have steps up to the platform, the next competition, the steps were in place.  Mike joined the AIFSC committee in 2014, and along with building and installing a new club notice board, he has progressed to learning the role of Accountant and Calc operator.  He now helps all clubs with the physical computer set-up and then sits in the cold, usually on both competition days, doing calc.  He has also been instrumental in the cable trays for the NI system so judges do not need to worry about kicking or pulling out the many cables.  In 2015 Mike joined the AIFSC Synchro Sub Committee and in 2016 became the Chairperson as well as the Vice President of AIFSC Committee.  Nothing is ever too hard for Mike and he quietly tackles the many tasks given with quiet efficiency all the while with a smile on his face.   Mike no only spends many hours volunteering for AIFSC but he is also a volunteer and supporter of the Pakuranga Rugby League Club, spending many hours there as well.

The Board, after quite some deliberation, decided to award the Administrator of the Year award to both Kirsty and Mike.

NZIFSA Sportsperson of the Year Award 2017

The Board only received one nomination for this award.  The nominee was Hannah May Slater. 

Hannah-May started skating in the Kiwi Skate programme in 2010 and is currently a member of Black Ice Mixed Age Synchro Team and has always worn her AIFSC blue jacket with pride, even during public sessions and is a great draw card for her club.  She is a caring skater who is happy to form ‘ice-buddy’ friends with younger team members showing them the ropes and how to do various synchro moves.  At competition time, Hannah-May can be found in the dressing room helping parents with hair and make-up.  Even when injured Hannah-May is still seen at the rink for competitions from beginning to the end, helping and supporting everyone.  Hannah-May has completed her Kiwi Skate School Coaching course and is always available to do the holiday skate school programme at Paradice.  She consistently takes part in club fundraising whether it be chopping onions or selling the most boxes of chocolates.  Hannah-May can often be seen helping committee members set up and pack down of Club Champs, carrying boxes, food, trophies and running all kinds of errands as required.

The Board are pleased to award the Sportsperson of the year award to Hannah-May Slater.

Allchurch Shied from NZ Nationals 2017

The Shield is named after Sandy Allchurch and is awarded to the club that gets the highest number of points, based on where their members place in the various grades, at our New Zealand National and Adult Skating Championships.  Sandy Allchurch was actively involved in the Association for many years and was at the inaugural meeting in June 1937 of what was, until 2011, the New Zealand Ice Skating Association.  Sandy was also Patron for our Association for many years, and was very dedicated to supporting ice skating.  Being able to present this award each year is a rather special acknowledgement to Sandy and the contribution that he, and others like him, have made to our sport. 

As the adults had yet to compete it wasn’t possible to announce the winners at the banquet.  When all the results had been included at the conclusion of the adult grades, the Allchurch Shield was won by Auckland Ice Figure Skating Club.  Congratulations AIFSC.

Summary of the Allchurch Shield points

Auckland Ice Figure Skating Club (AIFSC)                          35

Dunedin Ice Skating Club (DISC)                                        23

West Auckland Ice Skating Club (WAISC)                          19

Glenburn Figure Skating Club (GFSC)                               16

Centaurus Ice Skating Club (CISC)                                    15

Canterbury Masters Figure Skating Club (CMFSC)           14

Allegro Ice Dance Club (AIDC)                                            4

Ice Sports Southland (ISS)                                                  1

Alexandra Ice Skating Club (AISC)                                     0

Queenstown Ice Skating Club (QISC)                                0

Nicola Korck, NZL 2017 Junior Ladies Champion heads to ISU JGP Egna / Neumarkt, Italy

Auckland Ice Figure Skating Club's Nicola Korck goes to the ISU JGP Egna/Newmarkt in Italy.  Nicola who came 1st at the NZ Nationals Championships in Dunedin last week is now in Italy competing at the last ISU JGP Event in the series.   We wish her all the very best from AIFSC.

Also attending the ISU JGP Italy event is Brian Lee from the West Auckland Ice Figure Skating Club.  Brian also attended the Dunedin NZ Nationals and is the 2017 Junior and Senior Men Champion.  AIFSC wishes Brian all the best for this JGP event.

To follow the results for both Nicola and Brian, click here for the JGP Italy results and here to view the Live Stream of JGP, Italy Events

NZ Nationals Championships, Otago Daily Times, 6 October 2017

Pictures from Eastern Courier from the North Island Championships 2017

Selections from the 2016 NZ Ice Figure Skating Championships

The following AIFSC skaters have been selected to the various squads. Congratulations to you all.

International A Team Representatives

Advanced Novice Ladies -Jojo Hong

Junior Ladies - Tracy Danbrook

Junior Men - Harrison Bain

Senior Ladies - Allie Rout 

Australian Figure Skating Championships

Advanced Novice Ladies - Jojo Hong

Junior Ladies - Tracy Danbrook

Junior Men - Harrison Bain

Senior Ladies - Allie Rout 

NZIFSA Development Squad

Pre-Elementary Ladies - Marina Chen, Ann Kyle, Cara Tang

Juvenile Ladies - Emmanuel Tsang, Cordelia Shi

Juvenile Men - Stepan Kadlcik

Novice Ladies - Jojo Hong

Junior Ladies - Tracy Danbrook

Junior Men - Harrison Bain

Senior Ladies - Allie Rout

Juvenile Synchro - Botany Blades

Special Awards from NZ Nationals 2016

Administrator of the Year

There were only three nominees for the Administrator of the Year award this year, which was disappointing as we know we have some really great administrators out there in our clubs. The quality of the nominees was, however, far from disappointing. The three nominees in alphabetical order are Debbie Groenewegen, Ina Paul and Karen Smith. Debbie Groenewegen is the first of our nominees. AIFSC note she personifies what a club looks for in terms of a dedicated volunteer, committee member and skating parent. She has been involved in skating since 2011 when her daughter started skating. Early on Debbie saw a need and started producing skating pants and dresses to sell to skaters. This has morphed into regular second hand dress sales. When her daughter started doing synchro, Debbie was quick to step up as team manager, and helps ensure newbies skaters find their way round the systems. She has coordinated the skater costumes and taken on the role of synchro treasurer. A role that has grown as the number of skaters has grown. In 2015, despite already spending hours on skating related administration, Debbie was nominated for the role of AIFSC Secretary. This involves a massive number of tasks including club membership, TC registrations, meeting minutes, agenda, member emails and facilitating all club communication. She is always at competitions helping organise synchro, or volunteering to marshal or time-keep. She does all these tasks with quiet efficiency, and is always looking at ways to improve club administration. The second nominee for this award is Ina Paul. Ina has had various roles in the Centaurus Ice Skating Club over the previous 15 years. She has been Secretary for the Club for a number of years, and is currently the Assistant Secretary, taking on responsibility for the monthly club newsletter. She is also responsible for keeping the membership database updated, organising test days and coordinating judges for tests and club champs. This is all in addition to her role as NZIFSA Test & Competition Secretary. Our final nominee for this award is Karen Smith. Karen joined Glenburn Figure Skating Club in 2012 and has been a member of the committee since joining the club. She is currently club secretary, though it is noted that this title goes nowhere near describing all the areas Karen is involved. The club would not run as efficiently as it does without her tireless work in this role. She is the rock of the Glenburn club, and the liaison with new and existing members and other clubs. She is also the Test Secretary for the club. She coordinated club jackets, completes all the funding applications for GFSC and is the main organiser of all the fundraising events. With her IT experience she has also built and maintained the club website. 6 All three nominees clearly make a significant contribution to their clubs, but also beyond that.

The Board after some deliberation decided to award the Administrator of the Year award to Debbie Groenewegen.


AIFSC President Keith Darvill accepting the award on behalf of Debbie Groenewegen who was unable to attend the banquet.

Sportsperson of the Year

The Board received only three nominations this year. The three nominees were, in alphabetical order, Tracy Danbrook, Varshana Schelling and Pansie Sun. Tracy Danbrook started skating in 2007 attending a "bring a friend day" and has loved the sport from the word go. 2008 – 2014 she divided her time between singles and synchro – double teaming for 4 of these years. Tracy was novice ladies champ 2011 and 2012 and Junior ladies in 2014, been selected to various development squads over the years and earned the opportunity to represent NZ at a number of international competitions, including the Junior Grand Prix in Japan in 2014 and in Estonia this year. The nomination notes that Tracy has always believed that putting back into a sport is important. She is always trying to encourage new skaters and grow the sport. She has been a Kiwiskate coach for the past 4 years and has been passing on her love of synchro to a squad of "newbie" synchro skaters to great effect. She is always and positive on the ice and polite to all skaters, coaches and officials, and encouraging to others, and keen to grow her knowledge. The 2nd nomination for this award is for Varshana Schelling. Varshana has been skating for Centaurus Ice Skating Club for the past 5 years. She is very hard working and determined to reach each of her goals, all while having a smile on her face and a positive attitude even at her 6am training sessions. She always takes the time to interact with everyone whether its' a team member, coaches or kiwi skaters showing enthusiasm and passion for the sport which has a positive effect on all around her. Varshana is actively involved in club events and took on the role of CISC club captain this year, proving a great role model for all our members by giving them a helping hand and offering support when needed. She also coaches learn to skate and adult classes while currently completing her level 1 coaching accreditation so she can pass on her knowledge and love of the sport to others. The final nomination is for Pansie Sun. Pansie has been skating since 2007 and has always pushed herself to try new and challenging thing. Not only has she competed in Adult Bronze Freeskate and Interpretive events, she also competed in Adult Pairs with Stuart Brown. As a skate school coach at Avondale, she displays huge enthusiasm for the sport. She encourages and supports other skaters by showing them that she is always willing to try something new on the ice. Pansie is also an active club member, helping at club events, and can always be relied upon to supply home backed cookies. She is described in the nomination as a wonderful ambassador for the sport and has been nominated for the 2nd year running to acknowledge her importance to the club. Unfortunately Pansie has been plagued with an ankle injury and hasn't been able to compete, but she is still there supporting other club members. Three outstanding nominees and a very difficult decision for the Board.

The Board are however very pleased to announce that the winner of the Sportsperson of the Year award for 2016 is Tracy Danbrook.

Allchurch Shield 2016

The Shield is named after Sandy Allchurch and is awarded to the club that gets the highest number of points, based on where their members place in the various grades, at our New Zealand National and Adult Skating Championships. Sandy Allchurch was actively involved in the Association for many years and was at the inaugural meeting in June 1937 of what was, 7 until 2011, the New Zealand Ice Skating Association. Sandy was also Patron for our Association for many years, and was very dedicated to supporting ice skating. Being able to present this award each year is a rather special acknowledgement to Sandy and the contribution that he, and others like him, have made to our sport. The Allchurch Shield was won by Auckland Ice Figure Skating Club. Well done AIFSC.

Summary of the Allchurch Shield points:

Auckland Ice Figure Skating Club (AIFSC) 28 

Centaurus Ice Skating Club (CISC) 21 

Canterbury Masters Figure Skating Club (CMFSC) 19

Glenburn Figure Skating Club (GFSC) 18 

West Auckland Ice Skating Club (WAISC) 16 

Dunedin Ice Skating Club (DISC) 13 

Ice Sports Southland (ISS) 5 

Allegro Ice Dance Club (AIDC) 0 

Alexandra Ice Skating Club (AISC) 0 

Queenstown Ice Skating Club (QISC) 0

Paradice Skate School Coaches of the Year 2015

Paradice Skate School Coach of the year is chosen from all our fantastic coaches and it is always very difficult to select just 1 coach for this award for each rink. They are chosen for their outstanding effort and commitment to the skaters and classes. Congratulations to the following Skaters for 2015:
  • Tracy Danbrook (AIFSC member) - Paradice Botany Skate School Coach of the Year
  • Brooke Tamepo (WASIC member) - Paradice Avondale Skate School Coach of the Year
Tracy's qualities that standout are;
  • She's is always engaged with the kids
  • The skaters enjoy having her as their coach
  • Good technique
  • Willingness to follow through on what she has been asked to do
  • Always a smile on, she's having fun while coaching
Brookes qualities that standout are;
  • Focused, engaged with her skaters
  • Willingness to follow through on what she has been asked to do
  • Excellent technique
  • Best of all she excels at using her initiative, bringing her own new coaching ideas to make her lessons interesting and fun.
The download below has a historical record of previous award winners.

NZIFSA Selections from 2015 NZ Nationals

Congratulations also goes to the following skaters who made NZIFSA International selections, Australian Nationals and Development squads.

International A Team Representatives

Senior Ladies – Allie Rout

Advanced Novice Men – Harrison Bain

International B Team Representatives

Junior Ladies – Tracy Danbrook

Australian Figure Skating Championships

Senior Ladies – Allie Rout

Junior Ladies – Tracy Danbrook

Novice Men – Harrison Bain

Intermediate Ladies – Sara Reynolds

Novice Synchronized - Synergice

NZIFSA Development Squad

Senior Ladies – Allie Rout

Junior Ladies – Tracy Danbrook

Novice Men – Harrison Bain

As a result of these very good results AIFSC and DISC jointly shared the ALLCHURCH Shield. The Shield is named after Sandy Allchurch and is awarded to the club that gets the highest number of points, based on where their members place in the various grades, at our New Zealand National and Adult Skating Championships. Sandy Allchurch was actively involved in the Association for many years and was at the inaugural meeting in June 1937 of what was, until 2011, the New Zealand Ice Skating Association. Sandy was also Patron for our Association for many years, and was very dedicated to supporting ice skating. Being able to present this award each year is a rather special acknowledgement to Sandy and the contribution that he, and others like him, have made to our sport.

NZIFSA Administrator and Sports Persons of the Year 2015

NZIFSA Sports Administrator

Congratulations to both Derryn Neaves and Anita Tamepo (Secretary for WASIC) who shared this award. 

Derryn is Treasurer for AIFSC, and from the nomination we received, clearly does an outstanding job of keep track of the finances and providing really useful monthly reports to the committee. But in addition to that she puts her hand up to help on competition days, taken on data replay role, has managed to convince her boss to do all the printing of judges sheets for comps, including NI's and Nationals, is there for all the fundraising activities, is there to help out with costumes, makeup, transport etc. In all these roles she clearly makes a very valuable contribution to the running of the club.

NZIFSA Sportsperson of the Year

For 2015, is award went to Charlotte van Uden who started skating in 2003 when she was 6. Charlotte is incredibly hard working and very determined. She has set herself many skating related goals and has striven hard to achieve them. Charlotte is an incredibly good sport and is never heard saying a bad word about anyone. She always takes the time to smile and interact with younger skaters and is always positive and supportive of them our on the ice. Charlotte always remembers to congratulate other skaters and constantly displays the very best of attitude – making her a great role model for other skaters. Charlotte has also worked as a skate school coach, and been part of the "Disney squad", showing great team spirit and the ability to work with skaters of all ages and abilities.

Charlotte Van Uden with coach Debbie Darvill and AIFSC President Keith Darvill


Good Luck to AIFSC Skaters at Australian Nationals 2015

AIFSC wishes the following skaters, representing New Zealand, good luck at the upcoming upcoming 2015 Australian Ice Figure Skating Championships:
  • Tracy Danbrook (Junior Ladies)
  • Harrison Bain (Novice Men)
This event will be held at the Penrith Ice Skating rink, Sydney from 27th November 2015 - 4th December 2015. For the latest schedule and details on the event please follow On the Ice Nationals 2015

AIFSC Synchro Trials - Saturday: 21st and 28th November 2015

On Saturday 21st and 28th November from 7.45 - 8.45am AIFSC Synchro will be holding synchro trials/coaching assessment sessions for all skaters interested in skating synchro in 2016.

We would very much like anyone who is interested in skating synchro in 2016 to attend, as we will be using these sessions to help determine the teams we will be able to field for the 2016 season.

ALL skaters (see note below), regardless of synchro experience are welcome.

Note: At a minimum, skaters must be Novice 2 or above at skate school

Any questions, please contact Sam on howard.sam@xtra.co.nz

AIFSC Skaters make the local paper