Kristen Spours is a GLL Sport Foundation supported athlete for Figure Skating. As you can imagine, training and competition for ice skating can be very expensive, and an Achievement Award helps athletes with funding this and providing facilities to train in amongst physiotherapy and sport science opportunities. The GLL Sport Foundation is very proud to support athletes like Kristen and we love celebrating successes such as this one!
Kristen has been selected to represent GB at the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston, MA. A great honour – following 10 years of effort!
Kristen is fifteen and preparing to sit her GCSEs this summer at the Howard of Effingham School. She is coached by Ruth Woodstock at Guildford Spectrum and Christian Newberry at Lee Valley Ice Centre.
Kristen said, “My competitive ice skating journey started when I watched the first series of Torvill and Dean’s ‘Dancing On Ice’ and fell in love with the sport! I was then lucky enough to go to a ’learn to skate’ course for my sixth birthday. Skating quickly progressed to become a major part of my life with training six days a week; before school and at weekends on ice plus off ice training in the evening, all between studying. Needless to say there were medals, disasters, lessons learned, friends made and fun. Major breakthroughs were competing in my first competition in 2007 in Bracknell and my first international event in 2009 in France. Skating now became more serious but my goals we set early – I dreamed of going to the World Championships and Olympics.”
“This year has been one of hard work to qualify for the World Championships. In the Jagvirag Cup, in February, I was very excited to achieve my goal. Then came the great news that I had been selected to represent GB and compete in the Worlds! The World championships will be full of firsts; my first major championship and my first voyage to America! Most of all it will be a fantastic learning opportunity because I will compete amongst my idols and meet the world’s best and experienced skaters. I am honoured to have this opportunity to be flying off to Boston with my coaches to represent Great Britain among my other team mates. I am very grateful to National Ice Skating Association for providing me with this amazing opportunity and to everyone for their kind support!”
We wish Kristen the best of luck at the World Figure Skating Championships and look forward to further successes in 2016.