As the countdown to the British Championships continues, this week we put the spotlight on Hugh Brabyn-Jones.
A fantastic performance at the recent national competition, IJS Sheffield, saw Hugh finish first overall in Junior Men. Find out more about this young hopeful below...
Name: Hugh Brabyn-Jones
Facebook: Hugh Brabyn-Jones, GBR Figure Skater
Home Rink: École Patinage Julie Marcotte, Canada
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
British Championships Short Program (SP) music choice: I will be skating to Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op 23. This is a strong, classical piece with a lot of emotional twists and turns. The music is very powerful and it allows me to show that side of my skating.
British Championships Free Program (FP) music choice: I will be skating to a classical/contemporary mix of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. The program flows from the slow, gentle beginning of the song through to a faster finale, as the music changes from classical to rock. It is exciting to have this change of tempo and styles in a program.
On the ice:
Who/what inspired you to step onto the ice and what age were you? I saw the Olympics on TV when I was four (in Salt Lake City, 2002) and decided that I wanted to be able to jump like the men on the screen.
How did you get into figure skating? My parents always believed that it was important to at least learn to skate because we lived in Canada. I was introduced to skating at three and loved it. I also tried ice hockey but after a summer of that my Mum said I had to decide between the two and I chose figure skating.
How many hours do you train a week? 24 hours in total; 16 hours on-ice and 8 hours off-ice.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in ice skating? Getting to be on the Junior Grand Prix circuit two years running.
How many times have you competed in the British Championships? My first competition was in 2014 and I was ranked 3rd in my category.
Do you have a skating hero you look up to? I have several. I get to see Meagan Duhamel train a lot and that’s the reason that I look up to her, I aim to mimic her efficiency and incredible self-motivation every day. I also look up to Yuzuru Hanyu for his amazing jump quality and Elladj Balde for demonstrating how a true champion trains.
Off the ice:
What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to do pretty much anything… except ride roller coasters.
One thing you can’t live without and why? Water, sleep and peanut butter… because they’re all life essentials!
Favourite band/music? I like all music! It varies from day to day or mood to mood but right now The Weeknd is a top favorite of mine.
Favourite film/TV programme? Again depending on my mood, either Breaking Bad, House M.D, Family Guy or Top Gear (BBC version, of course).
Fun fact: I have my own business!
Hugh’s mum, Caroline Brabyn said:
"I am always so impressed with Hugh's drive and motivation for the sport, and the hours of training that he puts into it. Hugh has a lot of talent technically but is also able to bring a softness and musicality to his skating. It truly is his passion and that shows on the ice."
2nd October 2015