“This is the pinnacle”: Nottingham skating teams competing to represent UK in world championships

Video: Nottingham will host the British Synchronised Skating Championships this weekend

Nottingham teams of all ages are competing on home ice this weekend to represent the UK at the world synchronised skating championships in Sweden.

The National Ice Centre hosts the championships on Saturday (January 13) and Sunday (January 14) with teams from every corner of Britain taking part.

The championships are one of the biggest events on the sport’s national calendar with chairman of the Synchronised Skating Committee Nick Berry saying ‘it’s the pinnacle of the year’.

Nottingham skater Ellie O’Connell is in her first year with her team and is relishing the chance to put on a performance in front of a home crowd.

She said: “It’s really exciting going abroad but performing in front of a home crowd is really comforting.

“Performing as part of a team is good because if you make a mistake someone can help you.”

Nottingham skater Ellie O’Connell is looking forward to competing in her first championships

Chair of the Synchornised Skating Technical Committee Chris Buchanan said: “This event has proved hugely popular and the excellent facilities of the centre have ensured the event is a wonderful experience for the audience as well as the competitors.

“The atmosphere is a hugely important part of the event and the audiences at the centre always do their part to give great support to every team competing.

“It is a day full of action, drama and colour with passionate teams of skaters and hugely energetic supporters in the audience.”

The National Ice Centre will host the 2020 World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships.

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