Skate Asia is an international figure skating event sanctioned by the Ice Skating Institute of Asia (ISIAsia) to develop winter sports within South East Asia Region, China, UAE and its area of coverage. The 2nd series in ISIAsia Championship series from August 7 – 14, 2016 in Sunway Pyramid Ice, Malaysia.
This competition is organized by Sunway Pyramid Ice, and supported by Ice-Skating Association of Malaysia and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
There were 725 skaters from 36 Rinks 13 Countries by having 2410 events within 8 days.
Ice Park Cambodia has sent 7 skaters to join this competition and we have competed in 16 events with following:
1- Level : Beta Category Solo Female Adult
Ms. Johanna Lipio got 1st place out of 2 – competitor Ms. Annie Tam Earn Lii from ISIASIA
(International) got 2nd place.
2- Level : Beta Category Solo Female 9 years old
Ms. Long Sirimoni got 2nd place out of 3 – competitors Ms. Aisha Azizul – IOIKL (Icescape
Rink IOI Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) got 3rd place and Ms. Nathania Darielle Susilo- SKRJT
(Sky Rink Jakarta, Indonesia) – got 1st place.
3- Level : Alpha Category Solo Male 9-10 years old
Pen Sambath Jason got 1st place out of 2 – competitor Justin Leow Jun Yang – SPIKL
(Sunway Pyramid Ice Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) got 2nd place
4- Level: Pre-Alpha Category Solo Male 7-8 years old
Hong Michael got 2nd place out of 3 – competitor Clement Ko Li Xue – SPIKL (Sunway
Pyramid Ice Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) got 3rd place and Mitchell Bryan Chua
IOIKL (Icescape Rink IOI Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) got 1st place.
5- Level: Beta Category Stroking Female 9 years old
Ms. Long Sirimoni got 1st place out of 2 – competitor Ms. Nathania Darielle Susilo – SKRJT
(Sky Rink Jakarta, Indonesia) got 2nd place
6- Level: Alpha Category Solo Compulsory Male 7-10 years old
Pen Sambath Jason got 2nd place out of 3 – competitor Justin Leow Jun Yang – SPIKL
(Sunway Pyramid Ice Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) got 1st place and Pang An Zhe – WIANN
(World Ice Arena Nanning, China)- Withdraw
7- Level: Beta Compulsory Female 9 years old
Ms. Long Sirimoni got 2nd place out of 3 – competitor Nathania Darielle Susilo – SKRJT
(Sky Rink Jakarta, Indonesia) got 1st place and Aisha Azizul – IOIKL (Icescape Rink IOI
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) got 3rd place
8- Level: Beta Category Surprise Female 9-10 years
Ms. Long Sirimoni got 1st place out of 2 – competitor Ms. Yao Si Yu – ERJHT (Eurojoy
Ice Rink Hohhot, China) got 2nd place
9- Level: Freestyle 5 Category Solo Male 12-13 years
Meng Mayor got 1st place out of 2nd – competitor Chan Chun Lok Michael – MGIHK
(Mega Ice, Hong Kong) got 2nd place
Single compete against the book:
10- Level: Beta Category Light Entertainment Spotlight – Female 9 years old
Ms. Long Sirimoni got 1st place out of 1
11- Level: Beta Category Dramatic Spotlight – Female 9 years old
Ms. Long Sirimoni got 1st place out of 1
12- Level: Pre-Alpha Category Themed Spotlight- Male 8 years old
Hong Michael got 1st place out of 1
13- Level: Freestyle 3 Category Solo Male Adult
Edric Hentry got 1st place out of 1
14- Level: Freestyle 3 Category Solo Compulsory Male Adult
Edric Hentry got 2nd place out of 1
15- Level: Freestyle 3 Category Themed Spotlight Male adult
Endric Hentry got 1st out of 1
16- Level: Freestyle 5 Category Solo Male 25 years old
Sen Bunthoeurn got 1st place out of 1
Single compete: 4 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals (9 events)
Single compete with the book: 7 Gold Medals (7 events)
Ice Park Cambodia compete with 4 countries & 1 ISIASIA such as: Malaysia, Indonesia, China, International & Hong Kong
Ice Park Cambodia team has turn to the better face in the international competition as we compare to the rank we got we are in the highest and middle ones, so we are so proud of the team as well as for our country.
We are not just only on that stage, but we will also create more opportunity to have such an event happen in Cambodia.
Strength: Our skaters were properly prepared and trained by their knowledgeable coaches to meet the requirements of their appropriate level. We have dedicated parents who are willing to support the team both morally and financially. Our skaters rose to the challenge. For some this was their very first competition and for others it was their first time in another country. All of them performed to the best of their ability also behaved as model ambassadors of the sport and for the country of Cambodia, demonstrating good sportsmanship by congratulating opponents from other countries and even making friends with a few.
Weakness: Costumes. Although our skaters had very nice outfits and looked very presentable and put together, in comparison to other countries’ elaborate costumes and makeup, ours looked simple. We also had a small contingent skating in only a few events. This has mostly to do with expenses and the limited budget for our skaters. We hope, by this demonstration of our success, to interest sponsors and secure more funding to send a larger team and participate in more events in future competitions.
Skate Asia is part of a series of competitions known as the ISIAsia Championship Series. The main objectives of the ISIAsia Championship Series are:
1- To encourage skaters in Asia to participate in more competitions and events
2- To encourage coaches in Asia to send more skaters to competitions and events
3- To recognise and build Asian coaches’ credentials
4- To encourage the ice rinks in Asia to support and promote Regional ISIAsia competitions to their skaters
Team points earned from 5 annually chosen events on the ISIAsia calendar will be totalled and credited towards an ISIAsia Skating Ranking. The 5 events are:
1- Skate Beijing (China, March 25-27. 2016)
2- Skate Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug 7-14)
3- Skate Bandung (Indonesia, November TBC)
4- Skate Hong Kong (November 5-6, or 12-13 TBC)
5- Skate Bangkok (Thailand, Dec 9-11)
By the end of Skate Asia, Team Ice Park Cambodia will earn between 72-75 team points. We hope to encourage more skaters to participate in more events for the remainder of 2016. Limitations will be budgetary, so we are seeking sponsorship and donations for Team Ice Park Cambodia to cover travel and accommodation, which tend to be the largest expenses and main obstacle for the Team.
Additional opportunities to compete in Asia in 2016 include:
6- Skate Qingdao (China, Sept 16-17)
7- Skate Jakarta (Indonesia, Sept 16-18)
8- Skate Wuxi (China, Sept 24-25)
9- Skate Shanghai (China, Oct 1-3)
10- Skate Shenzhen (China, Nov 19-20)
And while these other 5 competitions are not part of the team point system for ranking, they still afford an excellent opportunity for Cambodian skaters to interact with foreign skaters and gain invaluable international experiences.
The more skaters Cambodia can send, and the more events those skaters can compete it, the better it is for the future of the sport. When Cambodia finally achieves ISU membership it is better to have a large team of highly seasoned athletes, with years of international experience who are ready to graduate to the big leagues, rather than waiting until acceptance and being behind.
Points of additional information:
Ice Park skaters went to Skate Asia because it is the largest event of the year, with the most exposure for Cambodia. Cambodian Figure Skating is a fledgling sport and needs to gain as much experience as it can as soon as possible to catch up and surpass other countries in Southeast Asia which have a head start on us.
Team Ice Park Cambodia were in Kuala Lumpur from the start to the finish of competition. Ice Park had representation on 7 out of 8 days, with a total of 16 events over the week of August 7-14.
Participation in Skate Asia brings recognition of Ice Park’s involvement in the ISI Championship Series and our presence within the Southeast Asian skating community. Participation in ISI has a dual purpose of providing experience for our grassroots skaters, exposing them to higher level skating, inspiring them to work harder and improve themselves, as well as being a creative and fun outlet for their emerging abilities: offering numerous ways to show off skills and taste victory. This builds strength, awareness, and encourages them to continue in the sport.
Future plans for Team Ice Park include raising funds to send a larger contingent of skaters to compete in the future and to push our skaters to pass higher level tests so they will be ready to join ISU at Novice, Junior, and most importantly, Senior level events such as SEA Games, once ISU membership has been attained.
Through this winning of medals, Cambodia has opened a new page in the history of Ice Skating Sport for international competition and recognizes that field of sport in Cambodia is getting increasingly popular, and making progress to become a potential sport in the region.
Cambodia Ice Skating Federation is seeing clearly that its grassroots talent are growing by gaining more medals from this competition for the team as well as for the nation. They are the ones in our future development team who will enter the National Championship Series for CISF to reach the goal for Sea Games 2023 in Cambodia.