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GB Inclusive Skating team return triumphant from Colorado

A four-strong Inclusive Skating team recently returned home to the UK after an incredibly successful international event in Colorado. 

The 2017 World Figure Sport Championships Festival ran from the 28th September to the 1st of October, with three other skaters from the USA, Small Champions group, attending the event. 

The event was organised by the World Figure Sport Society, and was refereed by special guest and 1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill. 

Competitors were able to skate on black ice, which facilitates skaters who have visual impairments. 
Representing Great Britain were Inclusive Skating Team Juliana Sweeney-Baird, Jenny Lee, Hannah Lee and Meg McFarlane. 




The team left with an impressive medal haul, with Juliana winning three Gold Medals in Figure, Free Skating and Free Dance. Hannah took two Golds in Figures and Free Dance, while Jenny took a Gold and a Silver in Free Dance and Figure. Meg also claimed two Golds and one Silver. 

Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Coach and Chair of the Inclusive Skating Group, said: “The World Figure Sport and Fancy Skating Championships were an amazing experience. 

“The British team of Hannah and Jenny Lee, Meg McFarlane and Juliana Sweeney-Baird were able to skate their own figures on black ice! 

“The Honorary Referee was Dorothy Hamill, the 1976 Olympic Ladies Champion and Dorothy joined the 1960 Olympic Pair Champions to judge the Inclusive Skating events. 

“The team all skated brilliantly and received very high scores from the judges. Our team were amazing ambassadors for Inclusive Skating and Great Britain. I’m very proud of our skaters. They are fabulous."

NISA are delighted to see British Inclusive Skating making its mark on the international stage, and wish to give a huge congratulations to all who took part in the event, and to everyone supporting them.