Skaters im­press in Hol­land

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

LAST week­end saw Dundee per­for­mance team fig­ure skaters in ac­tion at the Chal­lenge Cup in the Nether­lands.

Cur­rent Bri­tish Se­nior Ladies Fig­ure Skat­ing cham­pion Natasha McKay and Irish Se­nior Men’s cham­pion Conor Stakelum turned out in The Hague.

Com­pet­ing in the Se­nior Ladies event, 23-year-old Natasha, who, at the end of 2017 won her sec­ond straight Bri­tish Se­nior Ladies ti­tle, headed to the tour­na­ment as a warm-up event for the up­com­ing World Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Mi­lan due to start on March 19.

In the short pro­gramme, she put down a solid per­for­mance earn­ing her a per­sonal best score of 54.91 points with a tech­ni­cal to­tal of 30.26, her high­est to date. She fin­ished the seg­ment fourth i n the 20-strong ladies field.

In the free pro­gramme, Natasha scored 94.71 points, earn­ing her a to­tal com­pe­ti­tion score of 149.62 fin­ish­ing her fi­nal event be­fore the Worlds in sixth place.

In t he se­nior men’s event, Conor also earned a per­sonal best shor t pro­gramme score of 54.77 points and headed into the free pro­gramme 10th in the 16-strong field.

He posted a score of 103.56 points to fin­ish his event in 12th place with a to­tal of 158.33 points.

Conor will head to his last event of the sea­son, the Irish Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in March.

Coach Si­mon Briggs said: “This was an­other solid event for Dundee fig­ure skaters.”

Natasha McKay

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