Embarking on their second year in the NISA’s Performance Squad, Junior skating pair Emily Brown and James Hernandez are gearing up for an exciting season.
Emily, 16, and James, 15, were recently informed that they had earned their place at the upcoming second leg of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Salzburg, Austria. It takes place on 31st August – 2nd September.
The skating pair are looking and feeling strong ahead of the coming season, which will see them put in performances at some of the biggest competitions they’ve experienced so far.
Emily and James said: “We are really excited about this season. Last year we had so many experiences, all of which have taught us so much.
“Being on the Performance Squad is amazing, and to be given the chance to represent our country makes us really proud. We are determined to do well.
“We’re really happy with our programmes this year too. Our short dance is Cha Cha and Rhumba to a Whitney Houston medley, and our free dance is ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ by the Tenors.
“They’re completely contrasting, and we hope people will enjoy them. We have Mark Hanretty to thank for choreographing them so beautifully for us.
“Our coach Jimmy Young is training us hard, and we are so grateful to him for all of his time and efforts.
“His guidance and knowledge have been invaluable on our journey together and his calm, consistent approach is exactly what we need.
“We have been training in the UK and Germany and would like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way. Those people include everyone at the rinks we train at, both in Germany and here in the UK, Bracknell and Guildford.
“We have had many lovely and supportive comments given to us, our coach and our parents. This really helps us build the confidence we need to proceed forward – we’re determined to do everyone proud”
This summer Emily and James are training overseas for the IJS competition, and in preparation for the Junior Grand Prix at the end of August.
They added: “We are confident about the season ahead and are keen to get out there and do our best.
“We would like to especially thank our parents for all their love and support - without them we would not be able to skate together.
“We feel blessed to have each other as a partner and are excited to start the new season.”
We’re wishing Emily and James the very best of luck with the exciting season ahead - we’re sure they’ll do GB proud.