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Triple success for British skaters at Jegvirag Cup

Three British skaters travelled out to Hungary at the weekend to compete in the Jegvirag Cup, which took place between Friday 6th and Sunday 8th February. There was success all round for Jack Newberry, Graham Newberry and Kristen Spours, who all achieved personal goals as well as two senior world qualifying Technical Element Scores between them.

Jack Newberry (19) got a season’s best score in the Short Programme with a score of 54.31. In the Free Programme, Jack put in an outstanding performance and was awarded 174 points overall. He secured a Technical Element Score of 65.98, making him the only eligible British man to currently hold the qualifying Technical Element Score for the Free Programme for the ISU World Championships.

Coach, Christian Newberry commented: “Jack put in some fantastic performances at the weekend; all his hard work and commitment is really paying off. He had a completely clean skate in the Long Programme and getting the World Technical Element Score is a really big achievement for him. He can keep this score for two seasons, so he now needs to work on his Short Programme next season with the aim of becoming eligible to compete in the World Championships”.

In the Junior Ladies event, Kristen Spours excelled, achieving the World Technical Element Score and a new personal best in the Short Programme. Her score of 29.55 positions her as the only eligible British lady currently holding the World Technical Element Score. Kristen also got a personal best in her Free Skate.

16 year old Graham Newberry, who is the current British Junior Champion, also competed in the Senior Men’s event in Hungary this weekend and landed a triple axel in the Short Programme. Jack Newberry will be heading out to Estonia at the start of March to compete in the Junior World Championships.

Christian added: “Graham is only 16, so to land a triple axel is a great feat; it makes him the youngest British boy to do that in a senior ISU competition. The main aim for Graham at the Jegvirag Cup was to get a little more experience ahead of the Junior World Championships next month, so to achieve what he has is an even bigger bonus. Kristen also did a fantastic job at the weekend.

“The rink in Hungary was very cold, but Kristen, Jack and Graham worked hard to put on a great display at the weekend and they represented Great Britain extremely well”.

Full results from the Jegvirag Cup are available at http://www.moksz.hu/images/mukorcsolya/versenyek/2014_15/jegvirag/results/index.htm.