Vanessa Riley, Britain’s longest serving figure skating judge, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Years Honours list.
Vanessa first started skating in the 1950’s at just 5 years old at the Queensway ice rink and finished her amateur skating career in her early 20’s. She then went onto work as a receptionist at St Mary’s hospital and then onto work privately as a beauty therapist allowing more time to judge figure skating.
In 1980 Vanessa became the first judge from Britain to pass the International Skating Unions judges examination which allowed her to judge at the Europeans, Worlds and Olympic Championships but now at 69 years old, she will be retiring next year due to the ice skating rules.
Vanessa was first made aware of her award towards the end of November and was totally shocked to be mentioned in the Honours list.
We wish Vanessa our sincere congratulations on her award.