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Season best scores all-round for Nottingham’s British Figure Skaters after International competitions

Last week (1st -7th December) British Figure Skaters achieved new season best scores whilst competing in the international ISU Santa Claus Cup and the ISU Golden Spin international figure skating competitions.

The ISU Santa Claus Cup, which took place in Budapest, Hungary, was the first event of the week. Caitlin Mottershead of Nottingham made her ISU competition debut in the Basic Novice Ladies programme and finished in fifth place with a season PB.

The Advanced Novice Ladies programme was a highly contested event with over 40 of the best international figure skaters competing. Alexia Walker-McGrath of Nottingham finished in tenth place overall and Lucy Merrilees of Magnum, finished 21st and achieved a season personal best.

Lana Bagen of Murryfield, placed tenth overall in the Junior Ladies event which had over 36 competitors.  In the Junior Men’s competition, Hugh Brabyn-Jones of NISA finished in fifth place overall and gained a season PB. Josh Brown of Nottingham finished in sixth place and both men achieved Junior World Technical element scores and qualified for the UK National Team.

Lilah Fear and Jacob Payne of Slough finished in 11th place overall in the Junior Dance programme achieving a season PB and achieving Junior World Technical element scores, qualifying for the UK National Team.  Skating partners Robynne Tweedale and Woody Carstairs of Sheffield, finished in 14th place overall.

Fear and Payne said:  "We were so excited to be competing for Great Britain at the Santa Claus Cup. The event featured many top international couples and we feel honoured to have competed against them.  We are delighted to have finished with a score which qualifies us for the Junior Worlds on top of getting a season’s best score.  We are so thankful for the support of everyone at NISA, the Development Committee and our coach, Phillip Poole.”

The ISU Golden Spin competition took place from 4th and 6th December in Zagreb, Croatia. National Senior Ladies Champion, Karly Robertson of Dundee finished in 12th place and achieved a season PB alongside a European minimum technical element score.  

National Senior Men’s Champion, Phillip Harris of Coventry finished ninth overall and Charlie Parry-Evans Nottingham finished in 19th place alongside a season’s PB. Senior Pairs National Champions, Caitlin Yankowskas and Hamish Gaman of NISA finished in fourth place overall and gained a season PB.

For more information about the latest competition results, click here.