Published: 09/05/2014 11:19 - Updated: 09/05/2014 11:40

Shelby skates her way to GB honour

MEMBERS of Moray Skating Club had the edge at the latest national figure skating event.

The youngsters bagged three golds, four silvers and a bronze at the Murrayfield Open in Edinburgh at the weekend, which saw hundreds of skaters from all over the UK taking part.

Shelby Simmers won silver in only her second outing at a level 8 competition. The 13-year old Keith Grammar pupil amassed high scores which has qualified her for the under-15 British Championships in Sheffield later this year, and inclusion in the British Development Team.

She performed a range of quality double jumps in both the short and free programs. Shelby joins a long line of local Moray skaters who have qualified for championship participation and the British Team.

More success came with two golds for Thomas Inch in the level 8 men’s events. The Elgin Academy pupil competed in the British Championships last year and has represented GB internationally. He had a lead of more than four points in the long program competition.

Moray enjoyed two medal wins in the 10-year old beginner ladies. Kingston’s Emily Dale took gold with team-mate Darcey Thomson winning silver in a field of sixteen girls from across the UK.

Aberlour’s Lauren Macdonald won silver out of 25 skaters in the level 3 ladies’ event, despite hitting her head on the ice in a fall. The strength of the rest of her routine meant she still made the podium. Unfortunately the one-point penalty for interruption cost her gold.

Tomas Campbell, from Rothes, took silver in the level two men’s event and Amber Kenny from Elgin won bronze amongst a massive field of 30 competitors in the over-12 years beginner ladies. Great performances were also given by Katie Baillie, Rebecca and Chloe Thom, Cerys Greenslade, Caley Stobo, Brooke Grant, Hannah Smith, Vivienne and Ruby Boyd, Emily and Sam Smith, Elysia Glass, Lily Gordon and Megan Keddie.

The skaters, who come from all over Moray and Aberdeenshire, all train with coaches Sue Summers-Farrell, Graeme Summers and Carolyn McPherson as part of the Moray Skating Academy and Moray Skating Club.

Coach Summers said: “All the skaters did tremendously well and it’s absolutely fantastic that Shelby Simmers has qualified for the British Championships and the British Team.”

Moray Skating Club runs learn-to-skate classes for beginners of all ages and abilities every Friday at 5.15pm at Moray Leisure Centre.

The two-hour session includes a 25-minute lesson with a championship-level coach and the first week is free.

Complete beginners are also welcome and for more information call 07974 387326, check out the club’s website or simply turn up on the night.

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