As the qualifier event for the Australian Figure Skating Championships, the NSW State Championships are an important competition in the synchro calendar. The top four teams from each division will automatically qualify for Nationals, which will be held in Sydney at the beginning of December.
As the first NSW competition of the season, the Sydney Synchronised Festival is an important event that helps teams gauge their developing programs against competition prior to the State and National Championships. It took place over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of September at Penrith Ice Palace in Sydney. While a majority of the participating teams are based in NSW, there were a number of interstate teams present, most notably Adelaide Ice Magic from South Australia and Infusion from Western Australia.
Hershey Center is again the captial of synchro! After Winterfest a few weeks ago, the Canadian ice rink hosts this weekend the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. On Friday, the 19 teams presented their short programs in Mississauga (CAN). Russia skated to narrow lead.
Melbourne hosted the Australian Figure Skating Championships Synchronised Events last weekend from 25-27 November 2016. The O’Brien Group Arena, home of the Olympic Winter Institute, was at maximum capacity with large crowds supporting all events. Teams from every State and New Zealand attended.