Ilkeston student skates for England
A student from Kirk Hallam Community Academy represented her country at the World Junior Synchronised Skating Championships.
Emily Potter, 16, qualified for the event with the Nottingham Synchronised Skating Academy’s junior team, the Icicles, who are current British champions.
The world championships took place in Croatia on March 11 and the team finished 15th overall.
She said: “It’s a lot of commitment but I love it. I enjoy being part of a team and feeling that I’m not on my own when I’m on the ice. I did used to skate solo but it didn’t feel right.”
Emily, of West Hallam, has been skating since she was eight years old and started synchronised skating at the age of nine.
She said: “I started skating after a holiday to London with my family. We went to an ice rink and I enjoyed it so we booked some lessons when I came back and it went from there.”
The teenager trains six times a week, after school during the week, and she gets up at 4.45am at weekends to fit in sessions at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.
She is in year 12 at Kirk Hallam Community Academy and is studying for her AS-levels, which are in PE, psychology, product design and biology.
She said: “Fitting it all in is quite hard but I manage.
“I’m also training to be an ice-skating coach which is what I would like to do when I’m older.”
Members of the skating academy at Nottingham are also being filmed for the second series of a CBBC documentary called Ice Stars.
Emily said: “We were on the first series and the cameras are following us again.
“It is quite strange to see yourself on television. We don’t know when the second series will be on yet.”
Martin Ebbage, head teacher at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, congratulated Emily on her achievement.
He said: “Emily’s dedication to ice skating is admirable, especially with the amount of hours she puts into training and the early starts at the weekends.
“She is also studying hard and should be congratulated on reaching the World Championships.”