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2024 has ushered in a new era for Pairs figure skating in Great Britain.

Inspiring skaters across the country, our two pairs' teams; Anastasia Vaipan-Law/ Luke Digby and Lydia Smart/ Harry Mattick both qualified through the short programs with personal best scores. Up first was Lydia & Harry, skating to I Can't Go On Without You by Kaleo. They skated clean and posted a personal best score of 51.60. They skated their Free Skate to Leave a Light On by Tom Walker, they left the ice with a score of 88.86 which gave them an overall personal best score of 140.46 and a 15th-place finish in their debut International Championships.  

Lydia Smart & Harry Mattick commented “The event has been amazing it's a dream come true to be here with an amazing team supporting each other! Of course, we want flawless performances but we're proud of our fight and we'll keep pushing and working hard. We're grateful for our coaching team and federation for their support.” 

Next up was Anastasia & Luke, who skated to Never Tear Us Apart by Bishop Briggs. Skating calm and composed, they received a personal best score of 56.79. The following day they skated their Free Skate, which was beautifully choreographed by Christopher Dean, and posted a score of 102.22 which gave them an overall score of 159.01 to finish 9th improving on last season's 10th place finish.  

Anastasia Vaipan-Law & Luke Digby commented “We are very pleased to have secured 9th place. This is an improvement on last year in a more competitive event. There are areas we need to improve on, but we are proud of ourselves this week. We look forward to progressing even further. The crowd was large and very energetic, which we loved. It was great fun competing here in Kaunas. We also appreciate all the support from back home.”  

History was made at these ISU European Figure Skating Championships with a team of 12 athletes representing Great Britain. Both Pairs teams fought hard in their programs, leaving it all out on the ice and receiving a raft of personal bests and a top 10 finish! 

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