In another behind-the-scenes with the junior skaters of CBBC Ice Stars, we caught up with 15-year-old Josh Brown who appeared on our screens last Tuesday evening.
Josh started skating eight years ago after watching Dancing on Ice and completed Skate UK, the only Learn to Skate programme officially recognised by NISA, at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham. Josh now dreams of representing GB in the 2018 Olympics.
Following his premiere TV appearance we caught up with Josh to find out more about his life both on and off the ice.
What inspired you to start ice skating? As well as Dancing on Ice, I admired the work of Javier Fernández and Yuzuru Hanyu. I have now been skating for eight years and enjoy every minute I am on the ice. I am the only one in my family to participate in the sport and am thankful for how much support they give me.
How many hours a week do you train? I am at the rink six days a week, totalling 20 hours, with Sunday being my only day off. This includes on and off the ice training, including ballet classes twice a week.
What is your favourite thing to do when off the ice? Most of my friends are skaters too, including Kloe who was also involved in Ice Stars. In our spare time we enjoy socialising over a coffee.
What is your favourite subject at school and why? I really enjoy Maths, and am good at it too!
What was your favourite part of Ice Stars? It was weird at first to have the camera crew follow you around but we all got used to it. It was interesting to see “behind-the-scenes” and discover how programmes like these are made. I’m looking forward to see how the show unveils the world of skating and how much training we all put in.
Julie Brown is an extremely proud mother to Josh, and said:
“It was a great opportunity for Josh to be involved in CBBC Ice Stars and we hope viewers will see how much hard work these junior skaters put into the sport.
“As parents, we often rearrange our schedule in order to commit to Josh’s busy training programme but at the end of the day it makes us so proud to see how much Josh lives and breathes the sport and we will continue to support him every step of the way.”
Find out more about Josh Brown by visiting his website: joshbrownfigureskater.co.uk.
Get to know Josh with the CBBC video: bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/get-to-know-josh
CBBC Ice Stars continues tonight, Tuesday 25th August at 5pm. If you missed episode two you can catch up on BBC iPlayer, click here.
25th August 2015