Hemel Hempstead’s figure skaters take first place in artistic competition
Figure skaters from Hemel Hempstead lifted the trophy at the Planet Ice, inter-rink artistic competition for the second year in a row.
Fourteen rinks across the country vied for the prestigious award, but the Hemel Hempstead team retained their title.
Planet Ice group skaters compete in a variety of categories including individual, doubles and group routines on their rink.
The winners of each category then travel to Milton Keynes Arena to play the final in front of supporters and a professional jury.
The competition, held earlier this month, was neck and neck between skaters Hemel Hempstead and Gosport, with Lulu Harris, Isla Gant and Rachal Abratt winning gold; Ava Wright, Emily Moores and Genevieve Hartshorne, for the money; and Lucy May Smith and Chloe Styles winning bronze in their categories.
The final shows and the skate categories pushed Hemel Hempstead to pole position.
Pam Kelly, head coach at Planet Ice Hemel Hempstead, works alongside coaches, Poppy Miles, Charlotte Cook and Artur Ebel on the weekly shows and rink skating lessons.
She said: “The show and skate program, developed by Skate Excellence, focuses and teaches students interested in show skating.
“This year we had a fantastic performance from our show and are skating the adults with their entertaining ‘Top Gun’ routine followed by the mind-blowing under-18 routine from ‘Gremlins’.
“Both performances won gold, crowning Hemel the overall champion.”
Planet ice Hemel Hempstead offers an extensive learn to skate program that includes weekly learn to skate lessons as well as ice hockey lessons for under 5s, adults only, performance skating and crash courses .
Kerstin Engren, General Manager, said: “We are so proud of our skaters, the trophies are back in their place!
“We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming leisure facility and offering a fantastic learning program.
“Competitions like this empower skaters and the team spirit is evident every day on the rink.
“Our skaters, coaches and staff have faced adversity with the rinks closing during the covid pandemic, not knowing the future of the rink.
“We are delighted to be open again, offering ice skating to the community and we look forward to offering an exciting winter program to come.”