02:48PM, Tuesday 10 December 2019
Maidenhead siblings Alex and Katya Fairbridge have been crowned British Figure Skating Champions for a second successive year.
The pair, who’ve been hard in training over the past few months, won gold in the Advanced Novice Dance Couple category, having moved up from the intermediate class at the beginning of the year. They performed an energetic rock n’ roll style routine at the championships in Sheffield, which was televised on BBC Sport and is available for catch up on BBC iPlayer.
They scored a personal best 75.10 to take the gold medal, an improvement of nearly 20 points on their score from last year when they won the intermediate title.
“It wasn’t an easy win,” said Alex and Katya’s mum Elena.
“This time they were competing in the higher category and some of their competitors have been skating in this category for a couple of years. They’ve had hardly any break from training in the last couple of months and have persevered through some injuries.
“So winning the Nationals this time was extremely challenging and very emotional for Katya and Alex.”
The pair’s start to the season didn’t exactly go to plan, with Alex breaking his foot and being unable to skate for three months. They missed several competitions in preparation for the qualifiers for the British Championships. However, they held their nerve to achieve the all important score they needed to qualify for the event in their first event on the ice in July.
They missed the first of the qualifying events because of Alex’s injury.
Katya and Alex, aged 13 and 16, have been skating for only four years. Over the years they’ve moved from beginner level to advanced novice in the couples ice dance category and are preparing to take another step up into the juniors competition next year. In this time they’ve also been selected for the Great Britain Development Squad and were invited to train at an international dance seminar in Poland and Germany. In May they were also invited to attend a special training camp with Olympic silver medallists and World Champion ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
“They have now been asked to represent Britain at international competitions, which they were very excited for,” said Elena.
“In August they both received a Sport Player Bursary Award, which was unexpected and helpful, but ice skating is an extremely expensive sport and we are currently in search of sponsorship to help them achieve their goals in the sport. Any help would be really appreciated.”
When not skating the siblings remain active and enjoy playing netball, hockey, athletics, dance as well as playing the piano.
To help the family with sponsorship contact Elena on firstname.lastname@example.org
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