We are delighted to have been able to provide new skates and blades for Amy. We were so impressed with the lovely letter that she sent to us. Here is an extract;
“I am contacting you to enquire if you would consider an application for an individual amateur sports grant. I am 15 years old and part of the National Ice Skating Association Development Squad and have represented Great Britain at an international figure skating competition in Croatia in November 2015 where I placed 15th. I have also competed at the British National Championships at basic novice level for the past 2 years.
“I am currently working towards becoming a junior figure skater and aim to compete at the British National Championships at a junior level. I have also been invited to take part in an ice skating camp in July at Dundee where I will be able to receive intensive coaching for 5 days.
I live in Whitley Bay and get up at 5am every weekday morning to train there before school and I also train there after school. Every Friday, after school, I travel 3½ hours to Dundee with my mum and dad where I spend the weekend training with some of the top figure skaters in the country. My coach is an Olympic Technical specialist and a coach to British, European and World competitors. I also see a choreographer who helps with my programmes.
My mum and dad are so supportive and pay for my coaching, transport, hotels, costumes, competition entry fees and ice boots. We estimate that my annual training costs are currently in the region of £13,600. They both work full time and get up early every day to take me skating. Our whole lives revolve around my ice skating. My mum has even taken on a 2nd job in order to help with the costs. A grant from yourselves would help massively with these costs; in particular a new pair of ice skating boots and blades, and help me in working towards achieving my goals and becoming more established in my sport.”
We wish Amy every success in her ice-skating career and look forward to hearing her news in due course.