Life on ice starts at 40 for Sheffield woman

Sharron Taylor ice skating at iceSheffield.
Sharron Taylor ice skating at iceSheffield.
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A construction management director has achieved a childhood dream after gliding into a new hobby.

Sharron Taylor, aged 51, from Dore, learnt the basics of ice-skating as a little girl before returning to the rink as an adult to fulfil a desire to become a proper skater, complete with a sequins and sparkles.

She started on iceSheffield’s Learn to Skate programme at the age of 40 and is now working towards her National Ice Skating Association level three pattern dance and level 1 free dance qualifications.

“I had done a very small amount of skating as a seven-year-old,” said Sharron. “I hadn’t wanted to stop skating and the desire to ice skate had never left me.

“When I was little I always wanted a proper skating dress and I finally realised my dream when I was in my forties.”

Sharron now trains up to five times a week at iceSheffield before she starts work.

She added: “There are some things I’m really too old to learn but the desire to improve my skating skills led me to try ballet and pilates and attend Kelly Buddery’s stretch class at iceSheffield.

“At the age of 46 I did the splits for the first time in my life.”

David Bly, programme and development manager at iceSheffield, said: “Sharron is a great example of how anybody can take up a sporting hobby at any age.

“It’s really great to see so many adult skaters enjoying taking to the ice and achieving their dreams.”