Dozens of young skaters take to the ice for national championships

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More than 40 Sheffield-based ice skaters will be hoping to make home advantage count when they vie for national titles at the British Figure Skating and Synchro Championships 2012.

The National Ice Skating Association’s flagship event will take place at iceSheffield, where the city skaters train, from Monday, November 26, to Sunday, December 2.

The event will see almost 140 ice skaters and 16 synchro teams from across the country compete in novice, junior and senior ice dance, pairs, ladies, mens and synchro categories.

Skaters include Katie Powell who will compete in the senior ladies and was recently selected for Team GB’s 2012 Olympic Ambition Programme.

Lawrence Evans, Daniel King and Jamie Wright will compete in the senior men’s event and team Perpetuum will feature in the senior synchro event.

Mandy Parker, general manager of iceSheffield, said: “We are extremely proud to be hosting this event, which is the most prestigious competition in the British figure skating calendar.

“iceSheffield has staged the championships every year since 2008 and it keeps getting bigger and better as the sport grows in popularity.

“Every year, our own team gets bigger as more and more youngsters progress through our hugely successful Learn to Skate programme.

“We’ve got some incredibly talented skaters and we look forward to seeing them shine on their home rink.”

Ken Pendrey, NISA board chairman and president, said top talent would be on show.

He said: “The British Championships is always a superb event and, once again, we are looking forward to seeing some incredible talent on show in Sheffield over the seven days.

“It is a great opportunity for novice and junior skaters to gain valuable major event experience as we look for the next generation of youngsters coming through.

“Importantly, for our senior skaters the British Championships provides the chance to shine ahead of selections for major international events this season.”