Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Skating Glory? They've Got It Figured! North Duo Take Gold and Silver at National Ice Event

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Skating Glory? They've Got It Figured! North Duo Take Gold and Silver at National Ice Event

Article excerpt

TWO North skaters have figured among the top honours by beating off the country's best ice talent.

Matthew Parr and David Richardson struck gold and silver respectively at the British Figure Skating Championships in Nottingham.

Parr became the senior men's champion this month with a score of 157.51 - almost nine points more than his nearest challenger - making him one of the youngest winners at the age of 18.

Parr, from Preston Grange, North Shields, started skating aged seven at Whitley Bay Ice Rink before he moved away aged just 10 to train in Scotland three days a week.

He became a GB squad member in 2001 and soon after an Olympic squad member for Vancouver 2010.

He was first selected to Team GB for the first World Novice Championships in Calgary, Canada as an 11-year-old.

He has represented his country in international competition many times - including the Youth Olympics in Sydney, Australia in 2007, where he finished fifth.

Parr is now ranked No 1 in the UK at both junior and senior level, ad will be competing in the qualifying event for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Germany later this year.

In 2008 he became the first British skater to win the USA Mid-Atlantic Championships in New York, and was chosen to to represent Great Britain in the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Richardson, 21 and from High Heaton, Newcastle, performed a short and a long programme at the British Championships, where he finished fourth last year.

At the end of the short programme he lay first with 54.44 points with just two points separating the top three.

In his long programme the former Heaton Manor School pupil, having successfully performed triple jumps and numerous spins, achieved 86.87 points to give him a total of 148.60 points - and the silver medal.

He said: "After a disappointing year last year, I have worked extremely hard to ensure I finished on the podium. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.