FOUR Basingstoke figure skaters recently stole the spotlight on an international stage, captivating audiences in Sweden with their dazzling talent and Michael Jackson-themed routines.

Sebastian Poon, Nathaniel Poon, Ruby Hayter, and Helen Gardiner took centre ice at the iconic Husqvarna Garden Arena in Jönköping, starring in the Christmas show 'This is Us'.

The production, a masterful collaboration between former European Championship Ice Dance competitor Clair Bin Zina and coach Andrew Place, wasn't just a platform for individual brilliance.

Basingstoke Gazette: The group that took centre ice at the iconic Husqvarna Garden Arena in JönköpingThe group that took centre ice at the iconic Husqvarna Garden Arena in Jönköping (Image: Contributed)

It was a testament to the dedication of Basingstoke's coaching and production teams, weaving together individual skills into a stunning performance.

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Guided by the expertise of Olympian Andrew Place, the team of Sebastian, Nathaniel, Ruby, and Helen showcased their artistry.

Their journey began in early December, when they embarked on a week-long adventure to Sweden, immersing themselves in a whirlwind of collaborative rehearsals with the Jönköpings Skridskoklubb (JSK).

The seamless cross-border collaboration added a touch of international magic to the show, highlighting the shared passion and dedication of the figure skating community.

The audience of more than 1,500 was treated to a breathtaking spectacle, including a mesmerising duet by the Poon brothers to the infectious beat of the Jackson 5's 'I Want You Back', and other captivating group routines.

For Sebastian and Nathaniel, who started honing their skills at Planet Ice Basingstoke at the tender age of six, the dedication is real.

Basingstoke Gazette: Sebastian and Nathaniel PoonSebastian and Nathaniel Poon (Image: Contributed)

They currently train four to five days a week, and their commitment has translated into podium finishes at various national competitions.

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But as these young talents reach for national titles and dreams of representing Team GB, the group is bringing the future of Basingstoke's ice rink into focus.

The skates believe that their continued success and growth is directly tied to the availability of a training facility.

The skaters called the stakeholders to ensure a vibrant future for them, and all the budding figure skaters, while fostering community pride and proving that Basingstoke truly is a town where dreams take flight on ice.