Olympic Ice Dancers Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes are making their come-back performance in Sheffield this week after longer than a year away from the competition scene.
IJS Sheffield will kick off on 1st August, running to 4th August, and will see talented skaters from across the country flock to iceSheffield to compete across the event.
For professional skating couple Nick and Penny, it will be the first time they’ve competed together since the World Championships in March 2016, shortly after which Penny shattered her right knee cap into eight pieces in training - an injury which required intensive surgery and rehabilitation.
But Penny has beaten her career-threatening injury and now the couple, who have competed for Great Britain in the last two Winter Olympics, are feeling strong ahead of their return to competition.
They currently train in world-class facilities in Novi, USA, and at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, where they have been working hard with skating legend Christopher Dean to choreograph brand new programmes.
They’ll showcase their new programmes for the first time at the NISA’s IJS Sheffield – one of the most eagerly-anticipated events in the ice skating calendar.
The competition will run from Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th, with Nick and Penny putting in performances on Thursday and Friday.
They will join almost 300 other competitors all hoping to earn a spot on the podium in their categories.
For Nick and Penny, it is the chance to come back with a bang before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic qualifier in Oberstdorf, Germany, at the end of September.
In Sheffield, they will join other Olympic hopefuls in many different categories.
High Performance Programme Manager Robin Cousins said: “Nick and Penny only know hard work, so the IJS Sheffield is business as usual for them.
“But now they’re hungrier than ever to be back in the competition arena, where they belong.”
The event in Sheffield comes shortly after UK Spork announced their continued support for Nick and Penny as part of their Annual Investment Review (AIR) on Winter Sports.
We want to wish Nick and Penny, and also every single other competitor and team the very best of luck at the IJS.
The event will surely bring spectators some truly breath-taking performances from some of Britain’s finest talent of all ages.