A Sheffield solo ice dancer is determined to top the podium in front of a home crowd during The British Solo Dance Championships, writes Ruth Dacey.
Dominic Barter, from Deepcar, will be one of more than 100 ice skaters from across the country to descend on the city for the national championships at iceSheffield, one of the biggest annual competitions organised by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA).
During the five day tournament, from today to July 4, male and female skaters will compete in categories including juvenile, basic novice, advanced novice, junior and senior.
The 14-year-old will compete in the advanced novice category where he is currently ranked first in the country.
Dominc’s mother, Louise said: “Dominic is nervous of course, but he is ready. He has one British title under his belt and we are hoping that experience will shine through on the day.”
“If he wins this it would be like a dream come true and he has worked so hard for it. Myself and his Dad are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication Dominic puts in. He has to get up at 4.30 am most days to train before school and again at the weekends.”
“It hasn’t been easy as there has been such limited funding and my husband has been out of work recently, but we just want to see Dominic follow his dreams.”
The Sheffield born skater’s first steps on ice were at a holiday club at iceSheffield, where he was very quickly talent spotted and started to have private lessons at Ice Sheffield in 2009 where he is currently coached by Vivienne Dean, Andrew Smykowski and Kelly Buddery.
Dominic has previously competed across Britain in 2010 in figure skating but switched to competitive ice dance in 2011, winning the British Solo Ice Dance Championships in 2012 at Pre-Novice level.
Looking to the future the youngster aspires to represent Great Britain in the Winter Olympics and is completely focused on achieving his goals.
Mrs Barter said: “Dominic is continuously wanting to be the very best he can be and that attitude is what it takes to get to the top.
“His dream is to compete at the Winter Olympics one day and he is so dedicated - he just needs to keep the belief he has and continue working hard.
“It’s very exciting for him to be performing in Sheffield and we all hope a great performance can give him even more confidence which he can take through to future competitions.”