Thompson aims to make home advantage count

Motorpoint Arena - venue for the European Figure Skating Championships.
Motorpoint Arena - venue for the European Figure Skating Championships.
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FIGURE skater Jason Thompson is relishing the challenge of performing in his own backyard in the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2012.

The 22-year-old will be one of the 200 elite international skaters from 39 countries competing at the tournament, which gets underway at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, today.

Practice time for skaters competing in the European Figure Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena.

Practice time for skaters competing in the European Figure Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena.

Thompson, who trains at iceSheffield and is originally from Sheffield, is looking forward to taking part in the Euro champs for the first time in his career.

Thompson, who will compete in the men’s free skate events, said: “I am looking forward to representing GB in one of the biggest ice skating competitions of the year and I hope that I can do well and perhaps get a top 20 position.”

The seven-day event, which has not been held in the UK for over 20 years, is expected to draw in crowds of up to 15,000.

Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield International Venues [SIV], said: “Sheffield has a proud heritage of ice sports and it is hugely exiting to be hosting such a high profile event.

“SIV is delighted to be playing such a key role in the Championships.”

For more information, ring 0114 256 5656 or log on to www.europeans2012.co.uk