Skater Danielle Harrison wins silver medal at British Championships

Basingstoke Gazette: Danielle Harrison. Danielle Harrison.

SIX Basingstoke ice skaters made the journey north to compete in the British Championships, held at Ice Sheffield.

Danielle Harrison enjoyed the most success as she came second in the junior ladies category.

She produced a brilliant free programme which received the top marks in the competition and this saw her move up in the medal places after her short programme had put her in fourth place.

There were two other Basingstoke skaters in this category with Talulla Corbett recording a personal best score on her way to 11th, while fellow Sherfield School pupil Victoria Jackson was 23th.

In the advance novice men’s competition, Sam Tudgay also recorded a personal best as he finished in seventh in both the short and free programmes to finish seventh overall.

Oliver Parrington-Tyler was sixth after the short programme, but a ninth place in the free programme saw him slip down to ninth.

The last Basingstoke skater, Lucy Ann Walker, was in the senior ladies competition up against Olympics-bound Jenna McCorkell, who recently won the British crown for the 11th time.

She recorded a personal best as she finished fourth overall after a fifth in the short programme and fourth in the free.

Gary Peed, coach of Harrison and Walker, said: “Danielle showed great character after the short programme to skate so well in the free and get a medal. At 14 she was one of the youngest skaters in the junior ladies and still has six years at this level.

“Lucy Ann (Walker) has improved all season and skated really well, breaking the 100-point barrier for the first time.”

The other four Basingstoke skaters are all coached by Anita Curtis and she was delighted with their results.

She said: “It is an achievement just to reach the British Championships. I was very pleased by the way of them skated and all their hard work and training has paid off. We will now start working towards next year’s championships.”

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