Ice cool Perse pupil gets her skates on for synchronised competition

Alesya Turchyn (Year 9) is aiming for glory at an upcoming synchronised skating competition next week.

She will be competing in the Lee Valley Skating Club’s Stardust team in the Skate London Synchro Open on Monday.

The theme of the Stardust team’s routine for this competition is ‘friendship’, with their skating set to a three-minute musical mash-up featuring everything from the Friends theme song I’ll Be There for You song to Toy Story favourite You’ve Got a Friend in Me.

Synchronised skating is a highly technical sport combining prowess on the ice and close co-ordination with a team of between eight to 16 skaters.

They present an elaborate dance routine before a judging panel, who assess it for synchronicity, presentation and difficulty.

Alesya started synchronised skating when living in the USA, and soon become enraptured with the sport.

She said: “Synchronised skating is a difficult skill, but you keep learning new things as you go through.

“The most important thing for a synchronised skating team is to have trust and teamwork.”

Later in the year, Team Stardust hopes to compete in two other major tournaments – the Steel City Cup and the Britannica competition – and Alesya has high hopes for their success.

In her spare time, she works on developing herself individually as a skater and is working towards her Level 3 skating qualification.


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