After skating together for almost three years, 12 year old Emily Phillips and 12 year old Jayin Panesar’s hard work is paying off both on and off the ice. As they prepare for their third season together they are proud to have been invited to The Pride of Bracknell Awards.
Over the past season, the ice dance couple has achieved a bronze medal in Basic Novice Dance at the British Championships, and competed in their first international competition where they more than doubled their marks from the previous season. The young skaters’ determination and dedication to skating was recognised by Emily’s best friend’s mother and resulted in their nomination for the prestigious local award.
Once all nominations were in they had to be individually assessed and selected by a committee, during which time the selection panel were incredibly impressed with the skating duo.
As shortlisted nominees Emily and Jayin were invited to attend an awards ceremony alongside a variety of high achievers from Bracknell including 2008 Paralympic gold medallist Helen Raynsford.
Emily and Jayin are coached by her ice skating parents, David Phillips and Lucine Chakmakjian, who said;
“It was a very exciting evening for them as it was their first black tie style official function as a couple. They did NISA proud as they conducted themselves impeccably.”
Emily and Jayin were announced as runners up for the Health and Sport Young Persons award by a panel including Campbell Christie CBE, CLLR Dorothy Hayes MBE and John Nike OBE, among others. Both skaters are thrilled with their achievement within such a strong group of nominees.
Congratulations to Emily and Jayin on their achievement, we wish you the best of luck in your future skating.