Skaters impress in Holland
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.”