AN EXCITING END TO A VERY BUSY YEAR

As 2012 draws to a close, our international representatives have been representing australia around the world - with some very good results.

US based Brooklee Han has recorded some very solid scores and placings in recent months, placing in Junior events 8/25 in Lake Placid (JGP), 12/30 in Istanbul (JGP). in Senior events, she was also a standout, with an 8/22 finish at Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany and a noteworthy 3rd place in a field of 16 skaters at Merano Cup, Italy. Han has quaified to Four Continents in February and the World zJunior Championships in February-March.

Australia's Senior Dance Champions Danielle O'Brien and Greg Merriman have also been impressive, pacing 7th at the US Invitational in Salt Lake City, 4th at Ondrej Nepala in Slovakia, 8th at the NRW Ice Dance Trophy in Germany and 4th at the Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria. They have qualified for Four continents.

Newly crowned Australian Ladies Champion, Chantelle Kerry has also recorded solid results internationally, with a 19/33 placing at JPG Slovenia and an 11/32 finish at the SJP Zagreb. Her Zagreb result has qualified her for both the World Junior Championships and Four Continents.

David Kranjek who recently won the Australian Senior Men's title, recorded a 12/28 finish at JPG Slovenia and 11/32 at JPG Zagreb; he has also qualified for Junior Worlds and Four Continents.

Australia's new Junior Ladies Champion, Kailani Craine, also performed well at the Ice Challenge in Graz, Australia, placing 17/41, while Queensland's Taylor Dean has finished in 4th place at the Denkova-Staviski Cup in Bulgaria. Dean recently won the Bronze medal in the Senior Ladies division at the Australian Championships

David's surname is KRANJEC

David's surname is KRANJEC and he was 10th out of 23 skaters at the JGP Zagreb.

First up for the New Year

NEW YEARS CUP 2013
Bratislava

Three Australians are in action at the New year's Cup in Bratislava.

At time of writing, Stephanie Zhang has placed 15th in a field of 21 skaters in the Senior Ladies division. She scored a total of 100.79 points, placing 14th after the Short program and 15th in the Free. The event was won by Germany's Sarah Hecken with a score of 145.46.

In the Senior Men's event, NSW skater, Brad McLachlan placed ninth in a field of nine skaters with an overall score of 93.88 points. The event was won by Sweden's Alexander Majorov (207.81).

In the Junior Ladies event, there were 25 entries. Australia's Jamie Nobbs was lying in 12th place after the Short program with a score of 31.82. Nobbs said of her skate, "It was my first short program competition skate of the year and I skated clean!"

In the Free, Nobbs improved her position, finishing 10th in the Free and 11th overall.