Two sisters from Rolleston will be representing Team GB at the ISU World Junior Synchronised Skating Championships taking place in Innsbruck in March.
Sisters Aimee and Amber Robinson who attend the Minster School, Southwell, will travel to Austria with their team Icicles Junior who skate at the Nottingham Arena.
They were selected by British Ice Skating at a screening event in Sheffield against the other potential qualifying team from Scotland.
British Ice Skating commented to the team on announcing their qualification: ” Everyone at British Ice Skating understands the uncertainty you have faced this season and the frustration this may have caused. The situation could easily have been overwhelming, but you have shown strong resilience and adaptability to continue and finish the season in style.”
Synchronised ice skating like many indoor team sports has been challenged by the pandemic, being the last sport to be allowed out of lockdown, with limited ice training time and strict COVID protocols right through the last two years.
In synchronised ice skating a team of 16 figure skaters do intricate routines to music with jumps, spins and different manoeuvres across the ice.
Aimee and Amber’s team will be competing against the top teams in the world from USA, Russia, Canada, Australia and all over Europe.
Aimee skated for Team GB in the last ISU Junior World Championships held at Nottingham Arena in March 2020, where Team GB finished 10th, their highest position ever achieved.