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British skating champion supports cool new campaign

Two-time British figure skating champion Katie Powell has given her backing to a new campaign encouraging more Sheffield women and girls to get active and involved with sport.

iceSheffield’s senior ladies skater is giving her support to This Girl Can – aimed at increasing the number of females who exercise.

The campaign has been developed by Sport England and is being delivered locally by the charity Sheffield City Trust (SCT) across 13 of its facilities in Sheffield.

Katie, 22, British junior ladies champion from 2010 to 2012, said: “I started ice skating at the age of five after watching a club show and I begged my parents for lessons. They bought me a Skate UK course and a pair of second-hand skates for Christmas and it’s all developed from there.

“When you first get involved in sport in can be quite daunting and you start comparing yourself to others around you. But I was fortunate to have a really supportive family and great coaches who have helped me along the way.

“I think it’s fantastic that Sheffield City Trust and Sport England are trying to get more women and girls into sport. It’s not always about creating more national champions but providing the opportunity and support for females of all ages and abilities to feel more confident doing physical activity.

“At iceSheffield, we have people from the age of two right up to 82 enjoying the ice. Age and ability should never be a barrier to sport.”

The latest Sport England Active People Survey shows that the number of females in Yorkshire playing sport once a week dropped to 701,400 in 2013/14 – a fall of more than 10,000 compared to the previous year. However, 55.7 per cent of women would like to do more exercise – up from 51.2 per cent in 2007/8.

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