Today, some of the UK’s top figure skaters were putting in a final training session at Dundee Ice Arena ahead of travelling to Belgrade for ‘Skate Helena’, an International Skating Union competition featuring skaters selected by federations from across the globe. The skaters on their way to Serbia in the hope of medal success are Natasha McKay (British Senior Champion), Karly Robertson (British Senior Championships Silver Medallist) and Anastasia Vaipan-Law, (British Junior Ladies Silver medallist).
The skating team based at Dundee Ice Arena recently completed a clean sweep of medals at the British Senior Ladies Championships in December. Natasha McKay (21) took the British Senior Ladies Championship Title with a personal best score of 150.95. In second place was the 2014 British Senior Ladies Champion, Karly Robertson (27), who is now an eight time Championship silver medallist. In third place was the defending 2015 British Senior Ladies Champion, Danielle Harrison (17).
Natasha McKay also won gold for Great Britain at the Open D’Andorra and has now been selected as the soul Ladies representative for the European Figure Skating Championships. This will take place in Ostrava in the Czech Republic from January 23 to 29. In the Junior Ladies Championships, Junior UK National Team member Anastasia Vaipan-Law (17) claimed the Silver Medal. Vaipan-Law, also competed in the Open D'Andorra where she claimed another Silver Medal in the Junior Ladies Event. The team are led and managed by Team GB coaches Simon and Debi Briggs who work alongside choreographer, Andrew Smith in developing the skaters.
Simon Briggs, TeamGB Olympic Figure Skating Coach said
“These ladies are carrying on a firm tradition of world class figure skaters being produced in Dundee. The city has now trained athletes who have competed in the last eight European Figure Skating Championships. This has been another very positive Season so far for all of our athletes and we are looking forward to building on these successes and producing more great results.”
The skaters now aim to be selected for the World Figure Skating Championships in Finland in March then continue their focus towards the 2018 Olympic Winter Games taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.