IN ONE of the UK’s biggest synchronized skating events, a group of girls from the Isle of Wight belied the huge disadvantage of no longer having an ice rink in Ryde by winning a title.

The two youngest Isle of Wight Synchronized Skating teams — the Wight Sparkles and the Wight Sequins — competed at the Wales and West Synchronized Skating Academy Competition, held in Cardiff.

The Wight Sparkles, the more experienced of the two teams, were first to step onto the ice to perform a new routine to a Spice Girls medley in the juvenile category.

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