Alexandra Appleby has been nominated for the Annual Colchester Youth Awards (CYA) for her contribution to and achievements in ice sport in her area.
Alex, aged 16 when nominated, has been fanatical about figure skating since early childhood, and she skates and competes regularly alongside her two younger brothers Elliot and Edward.
The siblings now train six days a week at Riverside Ice and Leisure in Chelmsford, having began competing at beginner level in 2011.
Alexandra placed 5th at her first ever competition at the Lee Valley Open, going from strength to strength to qualify twice for British Championships, in 2014 and 2015. She was also a member of NISA's Regional Development Squad 2014 - 2016.
But during the summer of 2015 she began to experience recurring back injuries during training.
Her injuries were resolved with physio and some rest but inevitably a disappointed Alex withdrew from a number of competitions during 2015 and 2016.
In August last year she sustained another injury to her ankle during training, which again left her unable to set foot on the ice for a few weeks and unable to train effectively or compete for several months.
This year she was finally able to resume training and has even achieved personal best’s at three consecutive competitions since the beginning of January. She also took two podium places at the Skate Southern Club International in March.
Now Alexandra has been recognised for her tenacity after being short-listed for an Outstanding Achievement in Sport Award by the Colchester Youth Awards.
The Awards were formed in 2005 to celebrate the achievements of young people between the ages of 11 to 25 who live, work or study in the Borough of Colchester.
This month Alex was invited to attend a presentation evening where she received a medal as a shortlisted nominee, alongside her coaches John Wicker and Jane Faux.
The CYA presentation comes shortly after Alexandra and her brothers received a mayoral invitation to an Annual Town Meeting in recognition of their contribution and dedication to figure skating.
Alexandra said: “It’s a real honour to have been nominated for a Colchester Youth Award, let alone shortlisted.
“I love to skate and think sport is really important for everyone, so it’s really rewarding to be recognised like this.
“I’ve been fortunate to benefit from the knowledge and guidance of my very supportive coaches, and want to thank them for helping me through some tough times.
“It’s been hard being out of action due to injury, but I’m so happy to be back in the competition scene this year and am determined to do my best for everyone.”
It’s great to see young people being recognised for their hard work in and dedication to ice skating, and here at NISA we want to give our congratulations to Alex.