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Another Outstanding Year For Danielle

posted 6 Nov 2014, 05:22 by rmatheson@academiesenterprisetrust.org   [ updated 6 Nov 2014, 05:27 ]




It has been another outstanding year in competitive ice skating for Danielle Harrison, the 14 year old Basingstoke student at Everest Academy. Not only does she remain ranked number 1 in the National Ice Skating Association’s (NISA) British Junior Category for the highest points obtained in figure skating championships, but she has just been confirmed as second place in the Senior Ladies National Rankings. Danielle is 11 years younger than Karly Robertson (1st place) and 9 years younger than Katie Powell (3rd).

Now in the fourth year of financial support from the Greensward Charitable Trust, Danielle has recently been promoted to the GB performance squad. She trains six days a week and is based at Planet Ice in her home town. She said: “I have been working very hard to try and improve, so it was nice finish in this position and also to achieve the level required to make the performance squad. I’d like to thank my coaches who give me so much help and support.”

Danielle is coached by Debi and Simon Briggs. Simon is a NISA Level 5 coach and one of the world's leading Technical Specialists. He said: “She is one of the most talented and committed skaters that I have seen in the UK for many years.”

Danielle has been performing with great credit on the European Grand Prix circuit and in September competed in Estonia and the Czech Republic. Earlier this year she achieved gold in Junior competitions this year in Ayrshire and Lee Valley (March), Bracknell, Murrayfield and Guildford (May), as well as Dundee and Sheffield (August).

Other personal achievements include winner of the 2014 Junior Ladies category at the Basingstoke Sports Awards, a top 3 finalist in the Hampshire and IoW Sports Awards, and a top 3 finalist in the Basingstoke 'Place to be Proud' awards for sporting achievement.

Possibly her most memorable moment of 2014 was her personal invitation at the start of the year from Torvill & Dean to skate in Sarajevo at a celebration gala to mark the 30th anniversary of their gold medal Olympic win.

Everest became an AET Academy in September 2011.