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Moray Figure Skating Club star Ruby Boyd takes on the best at the British Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield this week


By Craig Christie

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MORAY will have a representative in this week’s British Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield.

Ruby Boyd with Moray Figure Skating Club coaches Graeme Summers-Campbell and Sue Summers-Farrell getting ready for the British Championships this week. Photo: Helen Crowley
Ruby Boyd with Moray Figure Skating Club coaches Graeme Summers-Campbell and Sue Summers-Farrell getting ready for the British Championships this week. Photo: Helen Crowley

Ruby Boyd is the only member of the Moray Figure Skating Club to qualify for the national event.

The 17-year-old travelled own to the home of British Ice Skating this week to competes at the penultimate level (Level 9 juniors) of her sport.

Boyd will be asked to showcase both her short program, performed to Upside Down by Paloma Faith, and the free program to Illumination by Jennifer Thomas.Her free programme consists of a routine combining 11 double jumps, three spins and a choreographed step sequence.

The Elgin Academy pupil’s achievement in making the British Championships is all the more remarkable by the fact that her home rink at Moray Leisure Centre only reopened in September after 18 months shut due to Covid.

Her British qualifying event was then held the following month in Sheffield, giving her just three weeks training. Boyd missed the first qualifier in August and had been off ice for a 20 month period, apart from a brief period when she was able to use Inverness and Aberdeen rinks.

It is the fifth consecutive year that the Moray skater has qualified for the British Championships, at increasingly difficult levels.

In the past, Boyd has been selected to represent Britain in competitions in Latvia, Hungary and Italy.

She was recognised in the SportMoray awards, winning junior sports athlete in 2017 and intermediate sportswoman in 2018.

Her figure skating exploits saw Boyd awarded full house colours at Elgin Academy, where she is a house leader. She has applied to university to study Veterinary Science.

Coached by brother and sister duo Graeme Summers-Campbell and Sue Summers-Farrell at Moray Figure Skating Club, Boyd is awaiting test dates to complete her Level 1 British Ice Skating Coaching qualification and works at Moray Leisure Centre as an ice technician.


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