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Ruby (13) thrilled at GB call-up

By Alistair Whitfield

A YOUNG skater who has only recently turned 13 has been selected torepresent Great Britain.

Ice skater Ruby Boyd has been selected for Team GB Ice Skating team competing in Riga next month. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No. 039041
Ice skater Ruby Boyd has been selected for Team GB Ice Skating team competing in Riga next month. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No. 039041

Ruby Boyd will be travelling out to Latvia next month for the 34th Volvo Open Cup,where she will be competing against the very best young talents inEurope.

Many of the competitors are going be as much as three years older thanherself, but the Elgin Academy pupil will be showcasing a routine shehas already practised hundreds of times.

Her intricate performance, which includes 720 degree spins in mid-air,will be accompanied by the overture from Mack and Mabel – music oncefamously skated to by sporting legends Torvill and Dean.

In addition, Ruby is havinga new dress specially madefor the competition, complete with Swarkovskicrystals, whose gleam will hopefully catch the eyes of the judges.

The teenager said: “I’m a little bit nervous but I’m very excited. It’san honour to be chosen.”

Ruby and her big sisterVivienne, who is also a top skater, took up the sport five years ago.

Mum Audrey gave the pair the choice of concentrating on horse riding orskating. Both chose the ice.

Audrey said: “I did a little bit of skating when I was younger andreally enjoyed it. But there was no rink nearby back in those days – youhad to travel to Aviemore.

“Anyway, we all went down together to Moray Lesiure Centre for the firstsession. My idea was that I was going to get the chance to show off abit and show them both how good I was.

“I then decided straight afterwards to order some brand new skates formyself. But by the time they arrived in the post the girls were alreadyfar better than me. They were naturals.

“I’ve still got the skates at home and I’ve still never worn them.”

The competition in Latvia, which is taking place from November 8-12, isbeing held at an Olympic-standard rink in the capital city Riga.

But in advance of that Ruby will be travelling down to Sheffield to meet up with the Britishdevelopment squad.

Then, just a fortnight after going abroad, she will be heading down toSheffield once again to take part in the British Championships.

Elder sister Vivienne is currently injured having hurt her knee back inAugust while landing a jump. But the 15-year-old is also hoping tocompete in Yorkshire.

As well as natural ability, the sport also demands a lot of effort.

Ruby, who is coached by theteam at Moray Figure Skating Club, spends 13 hours a week on the ice andanother two hours doing extra training off it.

In addition to weekends, she and Vivienne are often at Moray LeisureCentre at 7.30am and 7am during the week and back again after theirschoolday finishes. Audrey said: “I’ve always told the girls that themoment they don’t want to do this any more, then they should tell me.

“They know there’s no pressure on them to do anything they no longerenjoy, but both of them are really dedicated and determined.”

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