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Buckland and Smart win national title at British Figure Skating Championships

Smart and Buckland
Photo credit to Digital Photo Events

This weekend (29th and 30th November) saw the exciting conclusion of one of the biggest and most important events in the UK figure skating calendar - the 2014 British Figure Skating Championships – which took place at iceSheffield.

Five days of competitions saw some of the most talented figure skaters from all corners of the UK compete for the national titles. Olivia Smart and partner Joe Buckland were form favourites to win the Senior Ice Dance programme with the absence of reigning champions, Nick Buckland and partner Penny Coomes who were competing in Japan. Last year Smart and Buckland were crowned National Junior Ice Dance Champions and this year the pair won the National title as Seniors.

Smart and Buckland weren’t the only figure skating talent competing in Sheffield this week. Skaters from all corners of the UK delivered top class performances that allowed them to claim national titles over the five day event.

Day one kicked off with the Basic Novice Men’s and Ladies events. In the men’s programme, Greig Smith from Aberdeen wowed the judges with a fantastic performance scoring him 33.80 points and a Gold medal. The Basic Novice Ladies programme began with 34 competitors and ended with a close top five finish. Elizabeth Matcham skated her way to Gold with a score of 34.23.

In the Advanced Novice Ladies competition, Sophie Jones of Guilford finished in first place with a score of 79.86. In second place was Sheffield’s Isabel Yeatman with a score of 77.16. Taking bronze was Rebecca Gillespie of Nottingham with a score of 74.24. Taking the Gold in the Advanced Novice Men’s competition was Sheffield’s Luke Digby with a score of 93.03 closely followed by Sheffield’s Peter Beaumont who scored 73.95 points. In third place was Luke Sidebottom of Sutton-on Ashfield with a score of 67.63.

Danielle Harrison
Danielle Harrison Junior Ladies Champion.

Taking the Gold in the Junior Ladies competition on day two, was Danielle Harrison of Dundee, with a score of 110.90. Coming in a close second was Anna Litvinenko of Guilford with a score of 109.88. Taking bronze was Lana Bagen of Murrayfield with a score of 108.28 points.

The final results of the Junior Men’s competitions saw Graham Newberry of Lee Valley take the Gold medal and the National title with a score of 164.62. In second place was Nottingham’s Josh Brown who finished with a score of 134.74. Hugh Brabyn-Jones of NISA finished in third place with a score of 132.06.
Dundee skaters dominated the podium in the Senior Ladies Competition with Karly Robertson taking Gold and the National Title with a score of 127.61. Michelle Callison took Silver with a score of 99.44 and Natasha McKay claimed the Bronze medal with a score of 96.85.
In the Senior Men’s competition Coventry skater Phillip Harris came out on top winning Gold with a score of 197.91. Sheffield’s Peter James Hallam of Sheffield skated his way to a Silver medal and finished his competition with a score of 186.07 Harry Mattick from Coventry, made it to the podium and claimed Bronze with a score of 171.72.

Saturday saw the start of the popular Ice Dance programmes, Junior Dance partners Ekaterina Fedyushchenko and Lucas Kitteridge of NISA, finished the weekend with a Gold medal winning score of 96.58. Nottingham’s Robynne Tweedale and Edward Carstairs claimed Silver with a score of 87.78 and in third place was Lilah Fear and Jacob Payne of Slough and Streatham with a score of 85.60. Other dance competitions included the Basic Novices, Rebecca Clarke and James Hernandez of Slough and Streatham claimed Gold and the National title with a score of 42.75. Advanced Novices Mia Rose-Jowitt and partner Peter Beaumont of Sheffield took first place in their dance competition with a score of 56.05.

EMilia Drury and Henry Drury
Emilia Drury and Henry Drury. Credit Digital Photo Events

Saturday also saw the pairs competitions take place. Lauren Lowry and Branden Marshall of Sheffield dominated the Basic Novice Pairs programme and finished with a score of 20.16. Emila Drury and Henry Dury of Sheffield won Gold in the Advanced Novice Pairs with a score of 52.75. In the Junior Pairs programme, Annie Royapen and Steven Adcock, of Chelmsford took first place with a score of 94.21 with Sheffield’s Molly Lanaghan and Jake Astill following closely behind with a score of 90.67. NISA’s Catlin Yankowskas and partner Hamish Gaman dominated the Senior Pairs competition and claimed a national title with a score of 131.

Alistair Wilson, Technical Director at NISA said: “The level of competition has been outstanding this year and we saw a great demonstration of the talent that exists amongst the UK’s top skaters. It has been great to watch the competitions take place and to see the skaters who have worked very hard this season, take national titles.”

For more information about the 2014 British Figure Skating Championships and for a fill list of results, go to: www.iceskating.org.uk