Month: June 2016

IPC Mainhatten Cup 2016

Paula Moulton and Gary Lyness travelled to Frankfurt, Germany last weekend to represent Great Britain at the IPC Mainhatten Cup Wheelchair Dance Competition.

The competition organised by the German Wheelchair Dance Association comprised of the German National Championship and the IPC Approved Mainhatten Cup.

The competition was large with dancers from over 15 countries in attendance!

The first day saw the beginners and amateur level dancers taking to the floor followed by the IPC Competition with the Freestyle Events kicking off the event.  Austria’s Sanja Vukasinovic, proved why she is the current World Number 1 with a stunning Black Swan routine.  The World Championship couple Peter Vidasic and Helena Kasicka remained on form taking the Freestyle Combi 1 and Combi 1 Standard titles.  Hosts, Germany fared better in the Combi 2 Standard with Jean-Marc and Andrea Clement taking 4th place.

Day 2 of the competition saw Great Britain take to the floor with Paula dancing in the Single Ladies, in a field of 14 dancers, reaching the semi-final to place 10th.  Austria’s Sanja, just missed out on her second Gold to Ukraine’s Olena Chynka.  Combined with her performance in Finland Paula is now ranked 14th in the World in Singles Ladies 2 and 11th in Europe.

The Latin Combi 2 competition had 7 nations competing against each other with Paula and Gary placing a respectable 8th, a good follow up to their recent success in Finland.  Gary said “we thoroughly enjoyed the competition in Frankfurt and thanks to our great hosts for another good competition”.

Gary and Paula are now ranked 7th in Europe and 9th in the World in Latin Combi 2, a great success for Great Britain half way through the competition season.

They are now starting early preparations for the European Championships to be held in Slovakia in October.