TEENAGE ice skating sensation Danielle Harrison won the British Senior Ladies Championship, in what was her first-ever senior event.

The Basingstoke-born skater and the reigning Junior Ladies made a dream debut in the senior ranks as she skated away to the title at Ice Sheffield.

Harrison only turned 16 in November, and in a real tense contest she finished with 125.46 points, just ahead of previous British champion Zoe Wilkinson who posted 125.37.

Last year’s champion Karly Robertson had to settle for fourth place as Nina Povey finished third on 123.81.

Harrison is one of the youngest ever senior champions as Jenna McCorkell the top women’s skater in recent won her first of 11 British crowns at the age of 17 in 2003.

The victory means that the Basingstoke-born skater is now waiting to see if she is selected for the Senior European Championship and the World Junior Championships in the spring.

She was thrilled to win the title and her delighted mother Pam Harrison said: "Danni was not really expecting to win the title as it was her first time competing at this level, but she skated really well and deserved it.

"Mark and I are really proud parents and she has worked really hard to achieve this."

Having started her career in her home town rink the Basingstoke Arena, the teenager now trains in Dundee, with Britain’s top coaches Debi and Simon Briggs, with choreography support by Andrew Smith.

However, the family home is still in Winklebury and she is still a member of the Basingstoke Ice Skating Club and donated a trophy for the most improved skater at the Basingstoke Open this year.

Four other local skaters were in action at the British Championships at Ice Sheffield.

Oliver Parrington-Tyler just missed out on a podium place in the Men’s Junior competition as he came fourth with a score of 115.4 and Christopher Patterden was seventh.

Jessica Gill suffered an injury prior to the event, but still skated and finished 36th out of 41 in the Basic Novice B Ladies class, while Kirsty Isaac was 29th.