Blades of glory for Amy

Amy World

Amy World

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First step Britain, next step the world.

Gosport ice skater Amy World has enjoyed a remarkable year after claiming British, Welsh and Scottish titles to add to her collection.

And the 13-year-old from Brune Park School looks set to continue her success on the rink in solo ice dance competitions.

While the teenage talent has excelled in the basic novice division of the sport, her skills will face a whole new test when she steps up to advance novice category.

And she has international ice skating competitions among her future ambitions in the sport.

Her mother Dee has seen her daughter blossom in the sport and believes she will rise to the new challenge as she chases more silverware.

She said: ‘This last year she won the Welsh, British and winning the Scottish Solo Dance event just topped off a great year.

‘In the championships competitions she has to do three different dances, two pattern dances which is the ice skating equivalent to ball room dancing and a free dance where Amy can set her own routine to her own music.

‘Each dance then gets an individual score and it is the overall score from the three dances that determines the final result.

‘She won all the events in her class of basic novice and now she is moving up to advance novice.

‘It gives her a new challenge but she has to learn a new dance and start from the beginning again.’

In the past year, the Brune Park student has won over 30 solo events and she is already looking ahead to picking up plenty more titles over the coming 12 months.

And as well as training for her solo free skating, the youngster travels to the Isle of Wight four times a week to meet up with the Wight Jewels synchronised skating team.

It’s a serious amount of dedication to fit in around her studies but her trophy haul is testament that the effort and hard work is paying off.

Dee said: ‘She recently won the Southern IJS Open in free skating that took place at Alexandra Palace in London.

‘She is currently working hard on her free skating and is looking to compete in the British championships for that next year.

‘Most skaters pick either ice dance or free skating but Amy is equally good in both.

‘She loves all kinds of skating and sacrifices a lot of normal teenager activities for the sport.

‘She skates every day and travels to the Isle of Wight four times every week.

‘But she is hoping to represent Great Britain one day and that takes a lot of hard work, dedication and practice.’

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