Ticket sales are now open for one of the most exciting ice skating events on the NISA calendar, the British Championships 2017.
The Championships will see Britain’s best Figure Skaters and Ice Dance Couples take to the ice to compete for the prestigious title of National Champion.
The event will take place at iceSheffield, kicking off on the 28th of November and running until the 4th of December 2017.
As well as promising some of the most exhilarating ice skating moments of 2017, for some athletes the Championship will pave the road to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang two months later.
Some skaters due to compete include Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes, who have competed at the last two winter Olympics and are hoping to make their mark in PyeongChang 2018.
Penny has overcome devastating injury to return to competition for the first time in August 2017 at the IJS Sheffield, and now the team are fighting fit and hungrier than ever.
High Performance Programme Manager Robin Cousins said: “Nick and Penny’s comeback to competition is simply remarkable.
“Last year the team were devastated when Penny broke her knee into eight pieces; an injury which threatened to take her off the ice for good.
“But now they’ve tasted success at their first competition back they’re fiercely determined to fulfil their goal of competing at PyeongChang.
“But no matter what, the couple are due to deliver amazing things at the end of the year, and I know they’re excited and grateful for the prospect of home support.”
Olympic hopefuls Graham Newberry and Natasha McKay are also due to perform at the event - both skaters will be looking to defend their titles as National Champion from 2016.
They will join a flood of many other talented British skaters, all determined to put their best foot forward at one of the most important events of the year.
As well as being able to watch Britain’s best on home turf, the Championships offer the perfect festive outing for families and friends alike, and is sure to attract ice skating enthusiasts from across the country.
The historical Championships takes us all the way back to 1903, but this year skaters, coaches and all NISA members eligible to vote will be able to look to the future and play their part in shaping it by attending the NISA EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting).
The NISA EGM will be held during the British Championships, on 2nd December, in iceSheffield’s Glacier Suite. Here, all attending the championships who are eligible to vote can seize the opportunity to support change.
Now is a vital time for NISA, with change essential to fully implement our new, 10-Year Strategy to progress Skating in the UK, and to meet the Government’s new Sports Code.
Meeting the Code is mandatory to receive future funding, something NISA needs to move the sport forward, and the deadline is 31st December 2017.
But even more than that, the benefits of meeting the code, and as a result, being able to put our 10-Year Strategy into play, will resonate with every member of the organisation.
But the change we desperately need cannot be achieved without the support of NISA members through a democratic voting process.
With an Olympic Games and potentially big changes ahead for the sport, this year’s British Championships are not to be missed, and we’re excited to welcome skaters, coaches, volunteers and spectators from far and wide.
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