British Ice Skating fully supports decision to raise minimum age from 15 to 17

British Ice Skating (BIS) fully supported the decision taken at the International Skating Union (ISU) congress to raise the minimum age for competitors in senior events from 15 to 17.


A BIS delegation led by its President Robin Cousins is in Thailand, Phuket for the annual ISU congress. The proposal put forward to protect the physical and mental health, and emotional well-being of skaters was supported by 100 federations from across the globe.


Robin Cousins MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist and President of British Ice Skating, said: “We were very pleased to support the proposal that was passed at the ISU Congress today.


“We stood with our colleagues from National Governing Bodies around the world in voting to protect the future of ice skating in all disciplines. There were some very passionate statements not least, from 3 time Olympic medallist Eric Radford on behalf of the ISU Athletes Commission, whose statement came as a result of extensive interviews and discussions with coaches and athletes from around the world, in support of these changes.


“This is a good day for all our ice sports, Figure skating, Ice Dance, Synchronised Skating, Speed Skating and Short Track who were all united in a common goal.”