Inclusive skating (formerly known as Impaired Skating) held the first competition to use impairment compensation in 2012
The first International club competition in impaired skating was held in Dumfries, Scotland on May 12th and 13th 2012 and was the first where skaters with all forms of impairment were able to compete against each other on an equal basis because an impairment compensation was added to their skating score or time.
In the Figure and Dance competitions the IJS systems provide an objective skating score that allows an impairment compensation to be added. This was not possible under the RJS 6.0 system.
As a result of developing IJS rules to apply the the levels based on the technical Special Olympic rules all Figure levels were judged on the IJS system and had an impairment compensation added.
12th and 13th May 2012 - IS International Club Competition at Dumfries
This event was the first trial of the Impaired Skating Classification systems and competition levels in an International club competition held under ISU Rule 107.14 and the first Special Olympics GB National Championships
Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Chair of Inclusive Skating said: “The Inclusive Skating system is truly inclusive and enables all competitors, with and without disabilities, to compete on the same rink, in the same competition.”
The First Impaired Skating International Club Competition held in Dumfries on May 12th and 13th 2012 was featured in a BBC news report.
9 May 2012 – INSPIRE Day
The Impaired Skating project has been recognised by the Inspire Program for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and will be taking part in special activities.
6 March 2012 - IS Affiliated to NISA
Impaired Skating becomes affiliated to NISA.
29 February 2012 – ISU asks IS to judge all Figure Levels on the IJS system – IS agree
Impaired skating agree to develop IJS rules to apply to the Figure Levels 1 to 6 which apply the technical rules based on the Special Olympic technical criteria. This means all levels can now have an impairment compensation added to an objective score.
20 February 2012 – NISA grants permit for IS International club competition
NISA grants a permit for the first international club competition to be held in Dumfries Scotland on May 12th and 13th 2012. The event includes figure, speed, solo dance and a demonstration synchro event.
23 January 2012 – NISA charitable trust provides funding
The NISA charitable trust provides £10,000 funding to Impaired Skating. This will allow the Dumfries event to go ahead.
11 November 2011 – Impaired Skating Awaits Donations
The Impaired Skating website now has the facility to accept charitable donations from all major credit cards through PayPal
25 October 2011 – ISU supports Impaired Skating
The International Skating Union (ISU) have sent us a letter of support.
14 September 2011 – Impaired Skating Becomes a Registered Charity
Following our application in July 2011 for Impaired Skating to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), we have just found out that we have been successful. Many thanks to the OSCR for processing this so quickly and efficiently.
06 July 2011 – 2018 Winter Olympics Announced
Today it was announced that the hosts for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games would be Pyeongchang in South Korea.
27 May 2011 – Special Olympics Figure Skating Comes To UK
Following our meeting with Special Olympics GB on 27th May 2011, we have a verbal agreement that they will endorse the first British Special Olympics Figure Skating Championships to be held at our event in Dumfries, May 2012. Details on how to register will follow.
April 2011 – Meeting with Scottish Disability Sport
Following a meeting with Gavin McLeod at Scottish Disability Sport we are now working closely with him and his team. Scottish Disability Sport have a pan-disability approach which dovetails well with our approach.
Jan 2011 – Meeting with Paralympics Ireland
Liam Harbison offered support for the project. He also gave us a list of contacts and lots of information on how Paralympics works in Ireland and internationally.