Over the festive period we showcased the talents of one of our students who was playing the part of Christopher Dean on TV, but we also have a genuine future skating star in our midst! Year 8 student Emily has enjoyed some fabulous success in the sport of synchronised ice skating, competing both nationally and internationally, winning gold medals galore!
This year, Emily has been a valued member of two teams within the Nottingham Synchronised Skating Academy; IcePops (elementary category) and IceGems (juvenile category), with both teams currently holding a British Championship title. So far this season, the teams have competed in London, Cardiff, Nottingham and in Belgium – they will shortly be travelling to Dumfries in Scotland, before ending the season with a final international competition in Budapest in early March.
Emily, who has been skating since she was just seven years old, got into the synchro team after being spotted by one of her current coaches during a group solo training session. She says, “I got into skating because my sister started lessons, and then was approached by my coach to ask if I wanted to join their team. I love doing it, and skating makes me very happy – I train hard, usually four times a week, but it is something I enjoy and want to pursue as I get older. Getting told I was moving up a category to the IceGems from the IcePops was a great moment, probably my favourite in all the time I have been skating.”
Being part of a team of 16 skaters, who train, travel and compete together creates a multitude of opportunities for learning life skills, teamwork, and fun, together with promoting wellbeing, fitness and confidence.
Emily adds, “It’s a bit of a unique sport – my aim is to go to the World competitions with our team, hopefully progressing to the Olympics if this is selected in the next few years.”
We wish Emily and her teammates all the very best for their upcoming competitions. If you want to see for yourself how demanding and intricate this sport is, click here to see the IceGems’ gold-medal winning performance in The British Synchronised Skating Competition.