UK ice skating takes advantage of Super Saturday
British Ice Skating put on a busy day of events by launching the BIS Academy of Dance, ran a performance figure skating camp and saw Ed Appleby become the first Junior Grand Prix medalist in 19 years.
The Dance Academy and the solo dance camps that will fuel it have welcomed more than 70 ice dancers from day one. Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean greeted the group before Gemma Parry hosted an athlete screening session. Briony Albert led the group through a dance class before the skaters spent over an hour on the ice guided by Mark Hanretty, Karen Barber, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill. It was an exciting start for the Academy of Dance, with two solo dance camps also taking place on Sunday.
Alongside the Academy, the GB Performance team, many of whom had competed in the British Qualifier, gathered in Sheffield for a team camp. They went through media training, UKAD training as well as team building activities. This was one of the first opportunities since 2019 that the majority of the Performance Squad has been able to come together.
Away from Sheffield, Edward Appleby became the first GB junior skater to win a medal in nearly 20 years at a Junior Grand Prix as he captured a bronze medal. Skating in the second Grand Prix in Courchevel, France, he received 63.23 for his short program, the second best in the competition behind Canada’s Wesley Chiu.
His free skate scored 119.18, leaving him with a total score of 182.41. It was comfortable enough to win a bronze medal and end a long wait for a British Junior Grand Prix medal.
Arlet Levandi of Estonia won the silver medal with Wesley Chiu finishing on the top step of the podium.
All of this comes after an exciting two weeks of competition as Nottingham hosted the UK Short Track Speed Skating Selection Event as Sheffield hosted the skaters for qualifying for the British Figure Skating Championships.