With the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in full swing for 2018-19, the competition headed to Kaunas, Lithuania with four GBR skaters participating in the event.
Competing in his second Junior Grand Prix of the season was GBR Men’s Junior skater Luke Digby. Luke put in another consistent performance for his Short Programme placing himself in 12th, following which Luke put in a season’s best performance for his Free Programme finishing the competition overall in 11th position out of 20 competitors.
For the GBR Ladies’, Anna Litvinenko was in action, skating her Short Programme to a cover of California Dreamin’. After a couple of unfortunate errors Anna finished her Short Programme in 21st position. She then skated her Free Programme to the soundtrack from BBC TV show Sherlock, not letting the errors get the better of her performance, Anna finished overall 22nd position out of 33 competitors, a positive start for her to build on in the coming season.
Last to take to the ice were GBR ice dance duo, Sasha Fear and George Waddell. Putting in a slick performance for their Rhythm Dance, the couple skated to a mixture of Tango music, finishing initially in 11th position after a small stumble midway through their programme. Skating to another music mixture for their Free Dance, this time to the music of The Piano Guys, the couple finished their Free Dance in 9th position, finishing overall in a solid 11th position out of 18 couples.
Kaunas, Lithuania marks the third event in the ISU Junior Grand Prix series this season. The next event takes place from 12th-15th September in Richmond, Canada. With no GBR athletes competing in this event, British attention is likely to be shifted towards the Lombardia Trophy in Italy which will see Senior GBR ice dance couple Robynne Tweedale and Joe Buckland competing. The GBR Juniors will be back in action at the following Junior Grand Prix in Ostrava, Czech Republic on the 26th-29th September. Competing once again will be the dynamic ice dance couple of Sasha Fear and George Waddell who will be looking to improve on their performance from Kaunas. Tune in on the 26th to see how they get on!
Over the coming months, ISU Junior Grand Prix events will be taking place around the world showcasing some of the very best young figure skating athletes with more junior GBR athletes competing until October. The final, an invite-only event, is made up of competitors who have scored the most points over the previous seven events. Each skater can only compete in up to two series events. The 2018-19 final is scheduled to take place in Vancouver, Canada from the 6th to the 9th December.
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