Only my third open competition, and my first time to the Guildford Ice Rink which is part of a very impressive sports complex. Held on 9th July 2009 at a very reasonable time, 10am.
The nice touch was that the men’s categories received medals with the image of a male skater. A photo of this will be added shortly, a picture of the very large cup can be found below.
My programme was changed shortly before the competition in order to meet the requirements of the Bronze category event and to reflect some of the jumps I’d been learning recently. Salchow Loop jump was always a challenge and unfortunately it didn’t quite go right on the day. I also forgot part of my step sequence, but most annoyingly messed up my first spin. However I may be being too hard on myself as my marks were good compared to other skaters.
The competition was followed by a Skate Camp in the afternoon which was both challenging and enjoyable.
Donal MacIntyre, who continues to skate following his appearance on Dancing on Ice, performed the presentations.