GB Junior Ice Dance pair, Sasha Fear and George Waddell, are thrilled to have been assigned the season's first Junior Grand Prix in Brisbane, Australia.
Sasha, the reigning Junior British Ice Dance Champion, is excited to be teaming with George Waddell, a highly ranked junior ice dance competitor who previously skated for Canada. Like Sasha, George holds both British and Canadian citizenship. Before making the decision to move to London to skate with Sasha for GB, George was a Skate Canada Novice Ice Dance bronze medallist and a finalist at Canadian Nationals in junior ice dance for the past two years.
George comes from impressive ice skating lineage. His grandfather, Leonard "Red" Kelly, was an NHL ice hockey star from 1947-1967, winning eight Stanley Cups and is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. His grandmother, Andra McLaughlin Kelly, was a world figure skating competitor for the United States from 1948-1951 and was the North American Speed Skating Champion.
Sasha and George split their time between Alexandra Palace in London, where they train with Karen Quinn and Alan Abretti, and Montreal, Canada, where they are coached by Romain Haguenauer, Patrice Lauzon, Marie-France Dubreuil, Pascal Denis and Josée Piché.
Sasha and George said: “We’re so excited to be skating together this upcoming season, and right now we’re working hard to fine tune our programmes.
“We are fortunate to benefit from the knowledge and guidance of our coaches, and have also had choreography support from Romain, who is truly talented, and we hope people will like our new programmes.
“We are feeling strong in our preparation for Brisbane and can’t wait to get out there and do our best.”
Sasha and George will also be competing in an incredibly strong field alongside other recently featured skaters at IJS Sheffield this week. NISA wishes them, and all other competitors, the very best of luck!