AN ICE dancer is a step nearer her goal of representing her country in the Olympics.
Isabelle Lord, 12, from Helmshore, has secured a place in the GB development squad along with her pairs skating partner Oliver Dunks, 15, from Mobberley in Cheshire.
The Haslingden High School Year 8 student said: “I competed in the solo British and then, with my skating partner, we were in the nationals’ competition at Ice Sheffield.
“All we wanted to do was to have a skate and let the judges know who we were and how good we were.”
It was two days after the competition that the letter confirming the place arrived at Isabelle’s home.
She said: “My mum Sarah was not home yet and so I opened the letter before she arrived and did a little victory dance before I went off to train.”
Isabelle travels to Widnes on Wednesday evenings, early on Thursday mornings before school and on Saturday mornings to complete training sessions.
She travels to Widnes because the coach she has always trained with, Amanda Galloway, is now based there.
Isabelle has also had success in individual competitions and was eighth place overall in the British Championships at Sheffield Ice Arena when she performed three dances; a pattern, foxtrot and freestyle.
She first got on the ice when she was eight and attended a friend’s birthday party at Blackburn Ice Arena.
Isabelle added: “We will now get to train in front of proper, professional judges who work for the GB development squad.
“We will also be going on camps when we will have fitness tests, get suggestions on how to improve our pattern dance and freestyle and also help with lifts.
“I want to be able to represent my country in the junior Olympics.”