Sport: Figure Skating
Course: 2nd Year in Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance
College: London College of Fashion
Tell us a bit about how you first got involved in your sport?
I first started skating after finding a pair of ice skates at a boot fair (which cost me all the pocket money I had left - £2). I remember begging my mum to let me buy the skates so I could have lessons, and I ended up getting a 6-week group course for Christmas that year.
After a year of group lessons every Saturday morning, I started private coaching and haven’t stopped since.
What is a typical week for you?
A typical week for me is very packed and a lot more than just practicing at the rink. My day usually starts about 6am at the rink - I try to skate at least 3 times a week for about 3 hours each time, with half an hour of coached time. My days then consist of uni work and commissions before going to the gym in the evening. I practice off the ice twice a week and train weights 4 days a week to help support my skating. I also try and fit in cardio twice a week, to improve my stamina for routines, and one or two yoga classes to reset my body and allocate my mind an hour to shut off. To finish off my day I try to stretch every night before bed, when my body is the warmest, and then I start again tomorrow.
What are your greatest sporting achievements/what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my commitment to my sport and how much I have worked, especially over the past few years when the rink wasn’t allowed to open in lockdown – I tried to carry on my routine with my off-ice skates and zoom classes with my coach so that I could pick up where I left off as soon as the rinks opened again. Now, I am training harder than ever with my new coach in London and getting a new programme choreographed for competition and working towards tests.