World Championships 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A fine Autumn day of Skill and Elegance.

The 2017 Parasol Duelling World Championships were held on Saturday September 9.
Summer in Calgary had been very hot, and very smokey from the forest fires to the West in British Columbia, and this early September day was no exception.

The competition was held in a beautiful Confederation Park in NW Calgary.

Photo by Chuck Szmurlo, May 30, 2007
The park was built to celebrate the Canadian Centennial in 1967 and it stretches along a little creek that winds for almost a mile through a valley.  The park is a very popular wedding spot so we were not sure exactly where in the park we would be able to compete, but as luck would have it we found a beautiful spot amongst the cottonwood trees along the creek, within easy access of the main parking area.

The Grande Promenade of the contestants was very picturesque, the dark green trees with a scattering of bright yellow leaves falling made for a wonderful backdrop.


Photo by Dave Harold
Photo by Karlo Keet

Photo by Karlo Keet

Photo by Karlo Keet

Photo by Karlo Keet

Photo by Karlo Keet
We had eight competitors this year, including the 2016 World Champion, the 2016 Junior, Compulsory Figures, and Flirtations Champions.
Competitors and Doctors
L to R: Maxwell MacDonald-Smythe (aka Kevin Jepson), Barb Sand, Sarafina Kain, Monica Willard, Karen Siemens, Teagan de Boer,
Dr Johann Portsmouth Adler (aka Stewart MacPhee.)
L to R seated Raven Hawthorne, Briona Justine, Josanna Justine
Photo by Dave Harold


After the promenade the contestants and Doctors gathered for the traditional "Welcome and Admonition" from Madame Saffron Hemlock, given this year by Baroness Fawkes as Madame was unable to attend due to the smoky air.

The Welcome and Admonition
Baroness Daniella Fawkes (Dana Teh) and Erin Sand were the judges.
Photo by Karlo Keet
Salute to the Judges
Photos by Karlo Keet

The first competition was the Compulsory Figures.

The Ladies demonstrated great skill and confidence with their figures.
Here is a sample of some of the Compulsory figure forms.

Twirl!
Karen Siemens
Photo by Dave Harold

Snub!
Barb Sand
Photo by Dave Harold
Plant!
Monica Willard
Photo by Karlo Keet

After the Compulsory Figures were completed the Flirtation Trials were held, always a crowd favourite as the Ladies try to elaborate on their figures.

Elegance and drama were very much in evidence.


Twirl
Raven Hawthorne
Photo by Dave Harold
Plant
Raven Hawthorne and Josanna Justine
Photo by Peter Justine

This year there were several unique examples of creativity including, for the first time, the use of a 'prop'

Twirl
Teigan de Boer and Monica Willard (with prop)
Photo by Karlo Keet




 Some different interpretations of the Plant...


Plant
Teigan de Boer and Monica Willard
Photo by Peter Justine
And the Snub.
Snub
Teigan de Boer and Monica Willard


Continued below.



Photo by Dave Harold





After a short break for the Judge and her assistant to get their paper work prepared, the formal Duelling Competition was setup.






The formal duelling made use of the Dance Cards, as introduced last year, which makes the Doctor's job easier. With eight competitors we were able to run single bouts so both Doctors were able to watch the competitors. The speed of the duelists continues to improve so it was necessary to watch closely to insure that the figures were actually complete at the hold!

In the continuing quest to handle the inevitable draws we used a "sudden death" form of runoff. This was first used very successfully at the April Spring Regionals this year. The "sudden death" system has the duelists start back to back and they take the two steps as normal but, instead of turning, they choose and complete a single figure while still facing away from each other. At the command of the Doctor they turn to face each other and the duel is resolved according to the normal rules.

As it turned out there were only two draws during the formal competition this year and the new procedure worked really well.

Formal Duels.

Briona Justine and Teigan de Boer
Photo by Karlo Keet
Raven Hawthorne and Briona Justine
Photo by Karlo Keet

Raven Hawthorne and Josanna Justine
Photo by Karlo Keet
Sarafina Kain and Raven Hawthorne
Photo by Karlo Keet


The tension climbed as the duels continued resulting in some "bustling" and (very polite) trash talk.

Bustling!
Barb Sand and Monica Willard
Photo by Karlo Keet
Trash Talk
Teigan de Boer and Sarafina Kain
Photo by Karlo Keet


The intensity of the competition is very apparent in these pictures of the duels.

Sarafina Kain and Karen Siemens
Photo by Dave Harold
Josanna Justine
Photo by Dave Harold
Briona Justine and Barb Sand
Photo by Karlo Keet


Monica Willard
Photo by Dave Harold
Sarafina Kain and Raven Hawthorne
Photo by Karlo Keet



Raven Hawthorne and Josanna Justine
Photo by Karlo Keet


















After 3 complete rounds the Judges announced the semi finalists.


Semi Finalists
Briona Justine, Josanna Justine, Sarafina Kain
Photo by Dave Harold






Two more quick rounds...
Josanna Justine and Sarafina Kain
Photo by Vendetta


Briona Justine and Sarafina Kain

And Briona Justine emerged the winner of the formal Duelling Competition!


Briona Justine  and Sarafina Kain
After the final duel!
Photo by Vendetta
While the judges were tallying the scores to determine the World Champion a "Hold the Field" Street duelling competition was held. This form of duelling has a duelist stand against all comers till defeated. Then the victor takes the field against the remaining competitors. A competitor may enter the field after being defeated once again but no more.

The duels were quick using the mini parasols.
Josanna Justine and Barb Sand
Photo by Karlo Keet
Josanna Justine and Teigan de Boer
Photo by Karlo Keet


Josanna Justine was the winner of the Street Duelling!

With that the formal competitions complete it only remained for the chief judge to present the winners of the various competitions with their sashes.

 First the Junior Champion, Briona Justine.
Briona Justine and Baroness Fawkes
Photo by Vendetta

Who of course is also the Duelling Champion!
Briona Justine
Photo by Karlo Keet
The Street Duelling Champion, Josanna Justine.
Baroness Fawkes presents Josanna Justine
with the Street Duelling award.
Photo by Vendetta
Josanna also won the Compulsory Figures!


Josanna Justine
Photo by
Karlo Keet
Raven Hawthorne, the Flirtations Trials champion.
Raven Hawthorne
Photo by Karlo Keet

Then a hush fell over the crowd as the moment came that everyone had been waiting for, the announcement of the new World Parasol Duelling Champion!
 
Photo by Dave Harold
The 2017 World Parasol Duelling Champion
 Sarafina Kain!

2017 World Parasol Duelling Champion
Sarafina Kain!
Photo by Vendetta
Here they are, all the 2017 World Champions!
Congratulations Ladies!

2017 World Champions
L to R
Briona Justine, Duelling and Junior Champion
Josanna Justine, Compulsory Figures and Street Duelling Champion
Raven Hawthorne, Flirtations Trials Champion
Sarafina Kain, World Parasol Duelling Champion!
Photo by Kevin Jepson
A special award ribbon was given to Karlo Keet for his photography at all our Championships and competitions.

Thanks Karlo!


Maxwell MacDonald-Smythe (Kevin Jepson) presents
Karlo Keet, Catstar Images, with a Special Appreciation Ribbon
Photo by Peter Justine

And so another World Championship comes to a close.

Thanks to all the competitors, officials, and doctors for making this event such a wonderful celebration of the our elegant sport.

Thanks as always to the photographers that make us look so good.

Karlo Keet of Catstar Images
Dave Harold
Peter Justine

Vendetta

See you all in 2018!


L to R Standing
Barb Sand, Teigan de Boer, Stewart McPhee, Monica Willard, Erin Sand, Dana Teh, Karen Siemens, Kevin Jepson
L to R Seated
Josanna Justine, Briona Justine, Raven Hawthorne, Sarafina Kain

Keep your sightglass full, your firebox trimmed and your water iced.
KJ


For more information and to find out more about this great sport go to:
Madame Saffron Hemlock’s Parasol Duelling League for Steampunk Ladies

Click here for information on the history and development of Parasol Duelling
or click the Parasol Duelling tag.

The Rules for Parasol Duelling





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