Soucisse And Firus Break The Ice For Ireland At Worlds

A big week lies ahead for Irish ice skating as Carolane Soucisse and Shane Firus become the first ice dancers to represent Ireland at an ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

This year the event is being held in Montreal, Canada with the competition beginning on 20 March. Soucisse and Firus will appear in the rhythm dance on Friday, 22 March where they will be aiming to be among the top 20 teams to qualify to the following day’s free dance on Saturday, 20 March.

In January, Soucisse and Firus competed at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania where they finished in 13th place. Since their impressive performance at Europeans, they have gained new fans and are looking forward this week to competing in a city with very strong links to Ireland and a vibrant Irish community.

“We’re very excited to be competing again at another championship event,” Firus said. “We had a great time at Europeans and we are hoping to carry that through to this competition and lay down two solid performances and really represent Ireland well.”

“Since we’ve arrived we have felt the support already,” Soucisse said. “We weren’t expecting that much support. People have been coming up to us and sending us messages. Everybody likes Ireland and we are really proud to be here representing the country. It’s an honour.”

Worlds were first held in 1896. Ireland made its debut at the championships in 2009 when Clara Peters skated in the women’s event. Peters also participated in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions.

In order to earn entry to the championships, eligible skaters must attain a minimum technical element score in both of their programmes during the current or preceding season. The championships are held annually and this is the first time they take place in Montreal since 1932.

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be broadcast on the Skating ISU YouTube channel. Geographical restrictions may apply. The results of the championships can be followed on the event results page and on social media via the #WorldFigure and #FigureSkating hashtags.