Spectrum skaters make debut at nationals

Skaters and supporters from Spectrum Roller Skating Club endured a 15 hour round trip last weekend on their ambitious challenge to attend a National Artistic Roller Skating Competition held at Hayward’s Heath.

The five skaters, ranging from 7 to 18 years of age competed against clubs from around the UK and took part in their first national Federation of Artistic Roller Skating (FARS) competition.

The club has been preparing for this competition since Christmas and recently visited Great Yarmouth to train with six-time British champion, Emily Woods to gain tips and advice.

“Over the previous months the whole club has been involved with fundraising and we have had overwhelming support,” said club coach, Tracy Stevens.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us achieve our dream.

“The competition was ambitious and just to get there was a huge achievement. I am so proud of all the skaters.”

Spectrum’s Jazzmyn Loring (7) opened the weekend of roller skating as the first to skate in her tots (8 and under) solo dance event and placed 7th out of 10 skaters.

Spectrum also happened to close the weekend’s competition as skating couple, Nicola Stevens and Joseph Kearney debuted and placed a remarkable fourth.

In other results Hannah and Harrison placed 18th and 19th in the Mini (9 and 10 years) solo dance; Hannah was 5th and Harrison 6th in the Mini freedance and Harrison and Jazzmyn placed 16th in the Duo for 13 years and under. In the Open age and standard couples, Hannah & Harrison came in 5th.

“It is the first time the club has entered any couples events and for two of our skaters it was their very first competition,” said Tracy. “We are so proud of what we have achieved so far.

“During the competition the youngsters were able to gain inspiration by watching the country’s top skaters, who skate at international level, which has motivated them to challenge themselves and set new goals.

“Although we did not reach the medals this year, we came back with super memories, new friends and a lot of experience.

“We would like to say a special thank you to all the clubs, coaches, skaters and families who have welcomed us and helped us all weekend with lots of encouragement.”

The club skates at Shildon Sunnydale Leisure Centre on Sundays from 2.30-3.30pm. For more information contact Tracy on 07891 461958 or find the club on Facebook and Twitter.

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