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Tough weekend for British figure skaters at Junior Worlds

It was a challenging weekend for the British figure skaters at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia at the weekend (Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th March).

The competition saw six young skaters representing Great Britain across the Ice Dance, Men’s and Ladies categories, including: current British Junior Champion, Danielle Harrison and two time British Junior Champion, Graham Newberry. In the Ice Dance category, current British Junior Champions, Katia Fedyushchenko and Lucas Kitteridge competed alongside Robynne Tweedale and Edward Carstairs.

16 year old Graham Newberry put in a good performance to finish 21st overall with a score of 154.94 in the Men’s event.

Hilary Selby, Performance Director at NISA commented: “This was only Graham’s second World Championships, and he was up against the best junior talent in the world. To finish 21st out of 40 skaters is a big achievement and it reiterates the fact that he has a very promising career ahead of him”.    

Danielle Harrison - who was recently awarded Young Sports Personality of the Year at the Dundee Sports Awards - narrowly missed out on a place in the Free Skate by less than one point, scoring 44.17 in her Short Program.

In the Ice Dance, Katia Fedyushchenko and Lucas Kitteridge just missed on qualifying for a place in the Final when they scored 39.05 points in the Short Program, to put them in 21st place. Dance partners Robynne Tweedale and Edward Carstairs finished the Short Program with 33.89 points.  

Hilary added: “We went out to Tallinn expecting to face very tough competition from the rest of the world, and that’s exactly what we got. Our aim at these World Championships wasn’t to reach the podium, but to get the necessary experience at world level to help the skaters grow both in terms of confidence and technically.

“The team have still finished the season on a high after showing improvements on their 2013/14 performances this year, demonstrating that they are on track to keep improving as we continue through the current four year cycle which will culminate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games”.

For a full list of results from the 2015 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, go to http://www.isuresults.com/results/wjc2015/index.htm.

11th March 2015