As the countdown to the British Championships continues, this week we put the spotlight on Josh Brown.
A successful competition in 2014 earned Josh 2nd place at the British Championships in Junior Men. You may also be familiar with Josh from the recent CBBC TV series, Ice Stars. Find out more about him below...
Name: Josh Brown
Home Rink: National Ice Centre, Nottingham
Choreographer: Jerana Ipakjan
Short Program (SP) music choice for British Championships: I will be skating to Chopin Fantasie Impromptu Opus 66 no 4, one of Chopin’s rare unpublished pieces that has complex but delicate changes of tempo. It offers my skating style the option to show both power and speed plus the more delicate and soft aspects required in a well-balanced programme. Allegedly written in 1864 as a commission for a Baroness I will try to portray this through both my costume and performance with the romance of the era.
Free Program (FP) music choice for British Championships: I will be skating to Santa Maria 9 Del Buen Ayre Sentimientos Tango Nuevo, a modern twist on a classic Argentinian Tango best known from the Tango scene in the movie, ‘Shall We Dance’. It is quite a dark piece and I will try to portray this and the emotion of a Tango through my presentation.
On the ice:
Who/what inspired you to start ice skating and how old were you? 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 do you train on and off the ice? I am at the ice rink six days a week and Sunday is my only day off. I train for 12 hours on-ice and 10 hours off-ice, including ballet classes twice a week.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in ice skating? Representing Team GB at the 2015 Youth Winter Olympics has to be pretty high up there but I will never forget winning the British Novice Championships.
How many times have you competed in the British Championships? I competed in my first Nationals in 2010 and received bronze in the Novice division. In 2013 I won the event and I moved to Junior Men last year and came second. 2015 will be my sixth event.
Do you have a skating hero you look up to? It’s hard to choose only one, but definitely Yuzuru Hanyu, Javier Fernandez, Yuna Kim and Robin Cousins.
Off the ice:
What is your favourite thing to do when off the ice? I don’t get a lot of time out of skating or school work but when I do I like to catch up with my friends for a Starbucks or lunch in town.
One thing you can’t live without and why? My iPhone and Starbucks; my phone keeps me connected to my friends, parents, taxi drivers, bank managers and the rest of the world, especially skating results. Starbucks is my social centre.
Favourite band/music? I like too many to have a favourite, it just depends on what mood I am in really.
Favourite film/TV programme? Modern Family
Fun fact: I’m a bit OCD and when I was little, around two or three years old, I would do jigsaw puzzles up-side down (with the picture not showing) which really freaked anyone out who saw me doing it!
Josh’s Dad, Andy, said:
“Josh is one of the most focused and driven individuals I have ever met and sets extremely high standards for himself in not only skating but also in how he prepares, what he eats and his school life.
“Despite all of his achievements he is incredibly modest and private about what he does to the extent that not many of his school friends even realise what he has achieved and what he does.”
23rd October 2015