Bronze medal for young figure skater

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Maids Moreton teenager Kate Saunders (pictured) is enjoying success in the competitive world of figure skating.

The 13-year-old Royal Latin School pupil won a third-placed bronze medal at the Milton Keynes Open for girls aged 11 and over in the Level One category.

The event was run by Milton Keynes Ice Skating Club and skaters from all over the country competed.

She performed a routine of one minute 30 seconds to her chosen music containing spins, spirals, jumps and dance moves.

She said afterwards was thrilled to achieve her first podium finish in the competition.

Kate has been figure skating at Planet Ice in Milton Keynes for more than four years and is coached by Boris and Ina Uspenska of the International School of Skating based at the rink.

All skaters have to be part of the National Ice Skating Association and are classed according to the exam levels they have passed. Competitons take place all over the country thoughout the year at different rinks.

Kate’s mother, Sandra, said: “She trains for around four hours a week and enjoys the athletic challenge of learning and mastering new jumps, spirals and spins and the creativity of putting it all together into a routine.

“She is keen to progress through the examination levels to go as high as she can.”

The next goal for her will be to step up to the Level 2 skating qualification, which will involve learning additional jumps and moves.