The 2017 ISI World Recreational Team Championships in Southern California was “out of this world,” as more than 1,600 skaters competed on five sheets of ice in two facilities, The Rinks – Anaheim ICE and Lakewood ICE.
Iceoplex Simi Valley of California took home the Michael Booker Trophy for the most overall team points. The President’s Award went to The Rinks – Lakewood ICE. SuperStars Figure Skating Club of Skokie, Ill. earned the Board of Director’s Award, and the Percentage Award was given to Ice Sports Forum of Tampa, Fla.
Almost 80 rink teams from 16 states and three other countries participated in Worlds, for a total of 5,225 individual and team performances throughout the week. Competitors ranged in age from 1 to 80. The youngest competitors were Peyton Dudley of Stars of Austin FSC and Akira Mekchai of Pasadena Ice Skating Center. Joseph Kasputys of FMC William Chase Arena was the oldest skater.
Highlights of the six-day event included a fantastic ISI Benefit Show featuring 2017 U.S. national bronze medalist Mariah Bell as well as talented ISI skaters (see list below); a fun competitors’ party at Camelot Golfland; skating clinics led by 2015 U.S. Figure Skating/PSA Coach of the Year Rafael Arutyunyan and Bell; and a bustling Skaters’ Marketplace.
Special thanks to staff and volunteers at both facilities for helping make this year’s event a success. As cliché as it sounds, it takes a village to pull off an event of this magnitude!
Next year’s ISI Worlds is scheduled for July 23-28 at New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass. We look forward to seeing our skaters and their families there!
The following skaters and teams were featured in the ISI Benefit Show:
Ontario Ice Skating Center, Ontario, Calif.
SM Mall of Asia, Manila, Philippines
Galleria Ice Skating Center, Dallas
Tammy Goecks, Pasadena Ice Skating Center, Pasadena, Calif.
Caileigh Moreno & Chloe Breul, Iceoplex Simi Valley
Madison Rapine, Ice Station Valencia, Valencia, Calif.
Ka Yan & Sharon Tong Tin Wai, Cityplaza Ice Palace, Hong Kong, China
Iceland Ice Cadettes, Paramount Iceland, Paramount, Calif.
Skye Burge, The Rinks – Lakewood ICE, Lakewood, Calif.
Leah-Jazmine Barao, Mikayla-Junae Barao & Justine-Louise Barao, Vacaville Ice Sports, Vacaville, Calif.
Yanling Zhang, Hokay ice Center, Beijing, China
Ballyhoo Ice Theatre, The Rinks – Anaheim ICE, Anaheim, Calif.
Robert Trygstad & Eden Cantu, Vacaville Ice Sports, Vacaville, Calif.
Hannah Lee, Lynn Skating School, Montgomery, AL
Avatar, Iceoplex Simi Valley, Simi Valley, Calif.
Timmy Chapman, RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, Orlando, FL
Shining Stars, Stars of Austin FSC, Austin, Texas
Morgan Young, Skatetown Ice Arena, Roseville., Calif.
Nicole Tutek, Tampa Bay Skating Academy – Countryside, Tampa, Fla.
Nanthachaporn Wiriyakajonkul, Sub-Zero, Bangkok, Thailand
Zachary & Lindsey Palmer, Galleria Ice Skating Center, Dallas
Nha Quyen Nguyen, The Rinks – Lakewood ICE, Lakewood, Calif.
Jennifer Jones, Skatetown Ice Arena, Roseville, Calif.
TBSA Countryside, Tampa Bay Skating Academy – Countyside, Clearwater, Fla.
Cierra Nelson, Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Wong Cheuk Lam Jolene, Cityplaza Ice Palace, Hong Kong, China
Arianna Roberts, Recreation Center, Tacoma, Wash.
Crayons, Sharks Ice San Jose, San Jose, Calif.
Elizabeth Johnson, Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Jamie Chandler, Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge, Calif.
The Jumping Beans, Skatetown Ice Arena, Roseville, CA
(Photos submitted by Worlds participants. Stay tuned for our professional on-ice photo gallery by Gabriele Photography.)
Here’s what some are saying about Worlds:
“I was there last night with my friend Craig Cichy and enjoyed all of the performances! Thank you to all the skaters and ISI for the awesome entertainment. I was impressed!”
Tai Babilonia, Two-time Olympian and five-time U.S. Champion pair skater and former ISI skater
“Alexandra had an amazing time at Worlds and now wants to do it again!”
Maria & Jason Schofield
“My daughter and I had a blast at Worlds. I got to dress up as an alien for the themed event!”
Besh St. John
“My students and team had an AMAZING and very successful time at Worlds. Every member of your staff was so pleasant. Thank you for all your hard work!”
“Thank you so much for a fun time!”
“Thank you, The Rinks – Lakewood ICE, for hosting Worlds last week. We had a blast and everyone was so nice and so encouraging. Your volunteers did a great job and everything was organized beautifully. What a great experience! Thank you!”