With one month to go until the 2015 British Championships this week our focus is on Guildford’s Kristen Spours.
15-year-old Kristen has had a passion for ice skating ever since her parents bought her skating lessons for her sixth birthday. As she prepares for her fifth British Championships we found out more about the young hopeful both on and off the ice.
Name: Kristen Spours
Home Arena: Lee Valley
Choreographer: Mark Hanretty
Short Program (SP) music choice for British Championships: I will be skating to Feeling Good by Escala; it is an instrumental version of the pop song. It allows me to show a more playful and modern style of skating. My programme is happy and upbeat and will hopefully make the audience as the music says... "feel good".
Free Program (FP) music choice for British Championships: I will be skating to Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian, however my music is probably better known for being the theme tune to the TV programme 'The Onedin Line'. This music choice allows me to show a powerful style of skating.
On the ice:
Who/what inspired you to step onto the ice and what age? I watched the first series of Dancing on Ice and wanted to glide across the ice like they did. My parents bought my brother Ross and I lessons for my sixth birthday and I have never looked back!
How many hours do you train a week? I train for 15 hours a week on the ice at Lee Valley.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in ice skating? My greatest achievements are making the performance squad and winning a Junior International in Hungary.
How many times have you competed in the Nationals? This will be my 5th British Championship event.
Do you have a skating hero you look up to? My skating heroes are Italian figure skater, Carolina Kostner and Russian figure skater, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.
Off the ice:
Other than skating what do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy watching Netflix, dance, athletics and going out with my friends.
One thing you can’t live without and why? My phone; it allows me to keep in touch with my friends when I am away at international competitions and it has all my social media accounts.
Favourite band/music? Imagine Dragons and Fall Out Boy.
Favourite film/TV programme? My favourite TV programme is Pretty Little Liars and my favourite films are Pitch Perfect and Bad Neighbours.
Fun fact: I am learning to do the aerial silks
Published 6th November 2015