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Moray Figure Skating Club members strike gold at Tayside Trophy competition in Dundee

By Craig Christie

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A MORAY club has returned to the national skating scene in style by claiming a strong medal haul.

Charlotte Wright on the top of the podium.
Charlotte Wright on the top of the podium.

Members of Moray Figure Skating Club’s competitive squad travelled to Dundee to take part in the Tayside Trophy.

The skaters returned home with two golds, two silvers and three bronzes, despite their training venue at Moray Leisure Centre only being able to reopen two months ago.

Lossiemouth's Charlotte Wright won bronze in the advanced novice ladies short program event, following up with the gold the day after in the free program competition.

Wright won both the technical and components scores to finish with a commanding lead of nearly five points over the other competitors, which consisted of 16 skaters from all over the country.

Excellent spins, a jump combination of three doubles and a double lutz helped her to an impressive score of 45.10 for her 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' routine.

Moray also struck gold with David Anderson in the level two men's event, with team-mates Lewis McWilliam and Josh Parkinson winning silver and bronze respectively.

Dan Crowley just missed out on a podium place, finishing fourth, whilst his brother Zack won silver in the basic novice men's competition.

Eleven year-old Miley Buchan from Buckie won bronze in the level two ladies event in a field of 15 youngsters from across the UK and Ireland.

Strong performances were also given by Ruby Boyd, Emma Marandola, Ellis Cockburn, Rachel Anderson, Abby Macleman and Emilie Lawson, some of who narrowly missed out on medal wins.

Also giving great performances in their national debuts were Mhairi Manson and Emily Wright.

The skaters are coached by Sue Summers-Farrell and Graeme Summers-Campbell, who said their members skated brilliantly, with fantastic results.

"Our home rink was only able to open two months ago, so they've all done incredibly well," Graeme said. "It was great to see them back on the national circuit where they belong and we're always on the lookout for newcomers who'd like to learn".

Moray Figure Skating Club has produced Scottish champions, team GB members and many national and international medal winners.

The skaters and coaches have won numerous awards from sportMoray and sportScotland.

SportMoray's Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Ruby Boyd, has recently qualified for the forthcoming British Championships in Sheffield.

The club also welcomes complete beginners and people of all ages and abilities wanting to learn to skate for fun and fitness.

Their learn-to-skate classes take place every Saturday at 11.45am and the first visit is completely free, including high quality skate hire.

Visit the club's website or Facebook page or contact Emma Marandola on 07764 818615 for more details.

The club also hosts a Christmas Show on December 17 and 18 with tickets will be on sale soon.

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