Ice Skating success for University of Chester student

Posted on 8th March 2018

A University of Chester student has won the Trophy d’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland with her synchronised ice skating team, Bladerunners.

Left – right: Sofia Farrugia, Gina Rimmer and Alice Williamson at the Trophy d’Ecosse.
Left – right: Sofia Farrugia, Gina Rimmer and Alice Williamson at the Trophy d’Ecosse.

The Trophy d’Ecosse is an International Skating Union (ISU) competition for teams of synchronised ice skaters. Bladerunners achieved first place in the adult category of the competition, beating international teams from across the world.

Gina Rimmer, aged 20, studies Marketing with Business and is part of the winning synchronised ice skating adult team, Bladerunners. She said: “We were over the moon at beating our main competition, who ended up coming second. Even though we were competing against each other, it was a very friendly and supportive atmosphere. It was a lovely competition with lots of international teams - we even got to see the world champions Nexxice skate, which was just incredible.”

Synchronised ice skating is a team sport where up to 20 skaters move together as one unit to create flawless routines. The team performs to music and includes specific technical ice skating elements and dance steps.

Bladerunners also came second at the British Championships in Nottingham earlier this year, achieving a personal best score. The British Championships are held every year for all abilities, from beginners to seniors, and offers the opportunity to compete in the World Championships.

Gina said: “I find the British Championships very exciting as each year it grows with more teams competing. This year there were 63 teams competing in a number of categories with a total of 1,262 skaters. Since Dancing On Ice has come back on TV, we have lots of the stars training at our rink, Altrincham Planet Ice, including Brooke Vincent from Coronation Street. She even came to a training session of ours and skated with us all!”

Gina is coached by Sam Ozard, a British junior medallist for Great Britain, and international junior and senior competitor. Sam said: “It has been wonderful to see Gina grow in confidence as she has skated with her Synchro teams through the years, not only in her own skating ability but in personality too. She has shown great dedication, training at 6am for years and her hard work has paid off, resulting in her becoming the British Adult Champion 2017 and has successfully helped her team improve over the last year to gain more skills and improve their score at the British Championships 2018.

“She has developed her own personal knowledge and successfully gained her Level One Coaching Certificate and has been a good help to me with the younger skaters. It is a pleasure to teach her.”

In total Gina has won 22 medals, seven of which were gold. She won two of these gold medals at the British Championships in 2010 and 2017. She has travelled to Scotland, Belgium and Hungary to compete in various competitions where she has competed against teams from around the world. Gina competes alongside University of Chester alumna Alice Williamson in the same team.