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Behind the scenes with CBBC Ice Stars’ Joshua Tarry

If you caught last week’s premiere of Ice Stars, you will already be familiar with 14-year-old Joshua Tarry, one half of Ice Dance couple, Jellie. Joshua signed up to Skate UK, the only Learn to Skate programme officially recognised by NISA, when he was nine and has now been skating alongside his partner Ellie for three years.

We caught up with Joshua and his mother Joanne following episode one of CBBC Ice Stars to find out what it was like to have camera crew follow them round, what inspired him to step on the ice and how he felt when he saw his face on TV.

Who/what inspired you to step on the ice? I discovered my love for skating after going to a public skate session at my local ice rink and decided to sign up to Skate UK. After I completed the programme, my first coach Neil Chilcott inspired me to take up Ice Dance and I have never looked back!

What is your favourite thing to do when off the ice? Away from the ice I still enjoy dancing. I am part of the Northern Ballet in Leeds CAT programme (centre for advanced training).

What is your favourite subject at school and why? My favourite subjects are Maths & Sciences, in particularly Biology as I enjoy doing practical lessons.

What was it like having cameras follow you around? It was strange at first but we got to know the camera men and the crew and they were all really nice, so it made it easier to be ourselves and forgot they had cameras looking at us. My favourite part of CBBC Ice Stars was when the camera crew came to our first competition in Bracknell and they watched us perform our new free dance.

How does it feel to see yourself on TV? It's funny to see things Ellie and I said to each other that we didn't know would be included. Plus, I think I look really different on TV!

Joshua’s mother, Joanne Tarry, said:

“I am so proud that Josh puts so much hard work into something he really does love, and it is great to have a programme that shows how much hard work and dedication the children put into their training in all different disciplines of ice sports.

“As the programme displays, there are lots of different ice sports to get involved in, and I hope it encourages even more young children, including boys, to lace up their skates and get on the ice!”


BBC Ice Stars continues tomorrow, Tuesday 18th August at 5pm. If you missed episode one you can catch up on BBC iPlayer, bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0667qn8/ice-stars-episode-1.

17th August 2015