In another behind-the-scenes interview with our CBBC Ice Stars, we caught up with Rebecca Gillespie. The 14-year-old was ranked number one in Great Britain for her age group at the recent IJS Sheffield so was in high spirits when we spoke to her following her CBBC debut.
Who/what inspired you to step on the ice? I went to the Lammas Leisure Centre on a rainy day with a school friend and I really enjoyed myself. The next push for me was after watching Dancing on Ice with my Mum and I wanted to twirl, jump and dance like them!
Did you complete the Skate UK programme, and how did you find it? I joined Skate UK at the Lammas Leisure Centre when I was eight years old and spent four hours a week on the ice. The experience was really enjoyable with both easy and challenging parts. When I was eight and a half I moved to the National Ice Centre in order to spend more time on the ice, but I still visit my first coach, Louisa Chatwin, and help out with the younger skaters.
What competitions are you currently training for? I am currently training for three competitions; the first is in a few weeks in London, then I fly to Latvia for the Volvo Open Cup in November and then finally I will compete at the British Championships in December.
What was it like having cameras follow you around? When I was filming Ice Stars it was strange having the cameras following me at first but by the end of filming I had almost forgotten they were there.
What was your favourite part of CBBC Ice Stars? My favourite part in ice stars was taking part in the Ice Gala.
What is your favourite subject at school and why? I really enjoy Science! Biology is my favourite subject because I find it really interesting.
What is your favourite animal and why? My favourite animals are pandas because they look so cute and fluffy.
What is your favourite thing to do when off the ice? When I’m not on the ice I like listening to music and going out with my friends.
Rebecca Gillespie’s Mum, Tracy, said:
“We are so proud of how far Rebecca has come in such a short amount of time. For me as a mother, my proudest moment to date has to be Rebecca receiving bronze at the 2014 British Championships and now her magnificent achievement at IJS Sheffield.
“CBBC Ice Stars is a great programme, one we are delighted Rebecca was part of, and I hope it will encourage even more young skaters to step onto the ice. For any parents and guardians out there whose child is considering ice skating, my advice would be to enjoy every minute, even those early mornings, because the ice skating journey is so rewarding.”
7th September 2015