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Discover Luke Sidebottom, with 6 days until the British Championships

With six days to go until the British Championships today's focus is Luke Sidebottom. At his first ever British Championships, in 2014, Luke achieved bronze in Advanced Novice and so has high hopes for his second national competition.

Name: Luke Sidebottom
DOB: 05/07/2002
Home Rink: iceSheffield
Choreographer: Dawn Peckett, Peter Morrisey and Kelly Buddery

Short Program music choice for British Championships: I will be skating to a Spanish piece of music from the film ’Puss N Boots’ which has strong and soft sections. My costume is a traditional Spanish matador design and my program consists of a combination of flamenco/matador style movements.

Free Program music choice for the British Championships: I will be skating to a compilation of music from Les Miserable by Claude-Michel Schonberg and my costume will be based on the character Marius Pontmercy.  The music ranges from the powerful opening piece ‘Look Down’ to the gentle and emotional ‘Bring Him Home’ and my step sequence is performed to the quirky ‘Master of the House’. During my program I try to convey the power and emotion behind each piece of music.

On the ice:
Who/what inspired you to step onto the ice and what age?
 My elder sister Gemma inspired me to start skating after I was taken to watch her at a Skate UK lesson at the old rink in Sutton in Ashfield; I was aged five at the time. After completing the Skate UK programme myself I couldn't wait to start jumping on the ice, this naturally led me down the figure skating route.

How many hours do you train a week? Approximately 14-15 hours per week.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in ice skating? At my first ever British Championships I achieved a podium place.

How many times have you competed in the Nationals?  My first British Championships was in 2014.

Do you have a skating hero you look up to? I admire Evgeny Plushenko for his flair and the way he interacts with the judges and crowd.

Off the ice:
Other than skating what do you like to do in your spare time? I like to go the cinema, play on Xbox and compete in handball competitions for my school.

One thing you can’t live without and why? My Xbox as it allows me to escape from the pressures of skating and school whilst interacting with my friends.

Favourite band/music: I like lots of bands/music and don't have a particular favourite. 

Favourite film/TV programme: I am currently enjoying Prison Break and The Walking Dead.

Fun fact: My first skating programme was to ‘Hi Ho’ from Snow White whilst dressed as a dwarf.

Parent comment: “Luke is so passionate about the sport to the point that he can become unbearable if things aren't going right. I feel that this passion allows him to come back stronger after suffering the inevitable sporting setbacks.”

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Published 25th November 2015