How Sheffield’s legacy facilities are supporting my Grand Prix ice goal

November 24, 2016
By professional Junior Ladies figure skater, Morgan Swales, 17
How Sheffield’s legacy facilities are supporting my Grand Prix ice goal
As a professional figure skater, I train six days a week both on and off the ice and wouldn’t be where I am today without Sheffield’s brilliant sports facilities.
I first stepped on to the rink at iceSheffield as a beginner nine-year-old having been inspired to take up the sport by the TV programme, Dancing on Ice. Over the last eight years, I’ve worked my way through the Learn to Skate and Skate UK levels to become an international medallist.
And much of my success can be credited to my amazing coaches, Dawn Peckett, David Hartley and Kelly Buddery, the great facilities at iceSheffield and having access to the very latest fitness equipment and sport science experts just over the road at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield).
Both venues are now part of the Olympic Legacy Park and I’m really eager to see how this exciting project will help me and the many other elite athletes based in Sheffield to develop and achieve even more sporting success.
I live in Chesterfield but travel to iceSheffield every day, except Sunday, for training. Now that I’ve finished my GCSEs, my typical day starts around 7am and finishes at 4pm and involves intensive routine and choreography work on the ice as well as fitness and flexibility training at EIS Sheffield.
This combination of on and off ice training is really making a difference and this season has already got off to a great start. I was incredibly proud to record a personal best score and win a junior ladies gold medal at the recent Crystal Skate of Romania event.
This is hopefully a sign of things to come during 2016/17 and gives me a real confidence boost going into the British Championships at iceSheffield next week.
My ultimate target is to be selected by the National Ice Skating Association to represent GB at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating – a series of international junior level competitions organised by the International Skating Union. And here in Sheffield is the best place for me to achieve this goal.