Irish figure skaters head to Croatia this week (6-9 December) for the Golden Spin of Zagreb, an ISU Challenger Series event.
For Dillon Judge it is a first Challenger after entering the senior ranks. He has already competed twice this season finishing 16th at Tayside Trophy in October and 10th at Denkova Staviski Cup in November.
“It’s a time for learning, growth and inspiration as I haven’t done any ISU series at this level yet,” Judge said. “My goal for this competition, and in general this season, is just step by step growth in the direction of European minimum scores and improved components scores.”
Carolane Soucisse and Shane Firus made their season debut at Bosphorus Cup last weekend where they came eighth. They are the first ice dancers to represent Ireland at an ISU Challenger.
“We have been waiting for this moment for a couple of months now and it’s finally here,” Soucisse said. “It’s easy to put a lot of pressure on ourselves, but I think the main goal for this week will be to show what we’ve been working on and be able to present two programmes to the best of our abilities for this time of the season.”
“For this week of competition, we want to perform two confident skates and build momentum before Europeans,” Firus said. “We also want to enjoy the experience of representing Ireland on the world stage!”
Wednesday, 6 December – Men Short Programme
Thursday, 7 December – Men Free Skating
Friday, 8 December – Rhythm Dance
Saturday, 9 December – Free Dance