After watching robin cousins in the olympics I took a trip to Liverpool ice rink and I was immediately hooked…I was age 9 and instantly fell in love with the ice!!

I progressed rather quickly, my coach still says she’s never had anyone before or since me who had so much enthusiasm and passion as I did(and still have)and I was soon winning trophies in competitions throughout the country.
After years of training early mornings before school and then again straight back to the rink after school and weekends I became British intermediate champion…after that I decided to turn professional as ice skating is an expensive sport and with no financial backing it was a huge financial burden to my parents….
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I then became principal skater in the well known hot ice show and other shows throughout the world.I was also placed 6th in the world professional championships in Spain in 1990.
After having my two children(Alice is now a professional dancer working on cruise ships while my son Harrison loves his football and is in the Altrincham FC under 11,s development squad) I then concentrated on my coaching career.It was such a privilege when I was asked to coach the celebrities for itvs dancing on ice coaching many celebrities over the years…Denise welch,Coleen Nolan,Chris fountain,Jennifer Metcalfe,lee sharpe to name a few.
This year after a 28 year gap from competing I returned to adult competition as my adult pupils were pressuring me to do so as they watched me practice and saw what I was capable of.After losing my dad last August I started to skate more in my spare time as when I skate it’s a feeling like no other…skating is like a therapy for me and I forget everything when I’m on the ice.So I took on the challenge to make my dad proud once again….
This resulted in:
British ladies masters champion
British ladies masters artistic champion
International masters elite ladies champion
International masters elite artistic champion
I was then approached by the inventors of the “off ice skates” to get some skaters together to compete on the off ice skates at the online world championships in Milan.So myself and 5 of my younger pupils after only two months of training headed off to Milan and returned with trophies.so I then added to my achievements:
World inline adult champion!!
A few weeks back Denise welch contacted me to perform at her charity ball on the off ice skates with professionals from dancing on ice..a fantastic experience.
Tomorrow I am performing for mcfc staff Xmas party as they have hired a venue with a rink so that will finish this amazing year I have had…especially if I meet Aguero haha.
I am currently the lead coach here at Altrincham Silverblades…I love my position and thoroughly enjoyed choreographing this years Alice in wonderland show.All 150 cast members were enthusiastic and seeing them all have such a great time is what makes my job so worthwhile.Im now looking forward to the new year and we have plenty planned so keep checking the Silverblades website.
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