Great Britain’s skaters performed excellently at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships with new personal bests and high scores in every category.
In the Men’s category, British Senior and Junior Champion, Graham Newberry (pictured) scored a massive 198.06 to set a new PB. Congratulations to him for qualifying for the Free Skate and finishing in 16th place overall amongst fierce competition that included the likes of current World Champion Javier Hernandez.
Dundee’s Natasha McKay also skated brilliantly to achieve new PB, scoring 140.85 in the Ladies. Natasha has been performing incredibly well recently and will hope she can carry the great form as the skating season continues.
In the Pairs, Zoe Jones and Chris Boyadji also achieved a new PB after scoring 143.42 in Ostrava. Zoe and Chris have achieved the minimum requirement to qualify for the World Figure Skating Championships, with their official Facebook page stating: “It has been an amazing experience for both of us.”
Congratulations to Zoe and Chris who finished 14th place in the Pairs category.
In the Ice Dance, British Champions Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson skated to a new PB in their Free Dance scoring 86.24 in the category. The couple finished in 14th place after a week of intense skating Czech Republic.
Fellow Ice Dance couple Robynne Tweedale and Joseph Buckland narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Free Skate after finishing 21st in the Short Program. The couple scored 49.55, nearly achieving a new PB and missing out on qualification for the Free Skate by just 0.32 points.
NISA performance director Hilary Selby said: “Every skater has worked hard to get to the Championship and I'm delighted with the results and I’m very proud of the GB Team.
“The Championships was a great success in many ways. The team got on well and the skaters and coaches were fully supportive of each other during the event.
“Sadly for Joe and Robynne they missed qualifying into the Free Dance by 0.32 – it’s really disappointing for them but they are not defeated, they will be competing at the next international Ice Dance event in an attempt to achieve the Technical Score they need to be eligible for selection for the World Championships.
“I’d also like to make a special mention to Team Leader Amanda Knight and the GB Team Physio, Terassa Taylor-Kaveney, who accompanied the team and were with them the whole way.”
NISA high performance manager Robin Cousins said: “It was fantastic performance from all our skaters. We now have full team of skaters who we can be proud of moving forward to 2018 and beyond.”
Congratulations to all our skaters who performed brilliantly and did Great Britain proud in one of the most prestigious competitions in the skating season.
Full results of the competition can be found here.