A FORMER TV ice skater turned sports therapist is now helping others take to the ice in Cleveleys.
At the age of just 24, ice cool Lindsey Woolstencroft, from Poulton, has already had an impressive career.
She has starred in the famous Pleasure Beach show Hot Ice, been professional skating partner to celebrities on the hit TV show Dancing on Ice, in Holland and Belgium, has worked as an athletic trainer in Minnesota with basketball, baseball and American football teams and has studied and now teaches Pilates.
She has also worked with the medical department of the Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds and with Macclesfield Rugby Club, as well as graduating with a BSc from Salford University.
Single girl Lindsey is a new face, coaching figure skating at the new Sub Zero ice rink in Cleveleys, as well as conditioning coach for the Fylde Flyers, the new senior ice hockey team at Sub Zero.
She also teaches Pilates and zumba at Thornton Little Theatre and the Frank Townend Community Centre.
The former Baines High School pupil said: “I am really enjoying being back home and have got back to my roots on the ice, including being coach to Ian Shepard, Radio Wave DJ and contestant in Prancing on Ice.
“I even found myself putting on the false eyelashes again to perform in the show as a soloist.
“I started skating at the age of 12 at Blackpool Arena and I just fell in love with the sport. I started competing in ice dance at 14, and, by the time I was 17, I moved to North Wales to train full-time. I was on Team GB competing and medalling internationally, Scottish and Welsh junior ice dance champion and British silver medallist.
“I turned professional in 2006, joining Hot Ice at home in Blackpool – I continued to perform for three years, performing in Dancing On Ice in Holland and Belgium.”
It was in 2008, after her last season in Hot Ice, when Lindsey decided to start a degree in sports rehabilitation.
She was given the chance to study in the UK and spent nine months in Minnesota last year working as an athletic trainer with a variety of collegiate teams, including women’s gymnastics, softball, baseball and volleyball. She spent the summer working alongside physical therapists and orthopaedic doctors specialising in dance medicine and Pilates.
She said: “This sparked my interest further to specialist in helping injured athletes in the artistic sports, such as dancing, gymnastics and figure skating, along with the combination of Pilates for rehabilitation, injury prevention and conditioning.
“I used Pilates for conditioning during my competing years and have continued to practice for the last 10 years, so I am a huge believer in the many benefits Pilates holds.
“Dance medicine as an area in the medical field is virtually non-existent in this country. There is little research conducted and, as performer/competitor, it is very difficult to find physios or doctors with the background and knowledge in your discipline to help you return to full strength and flexibility for performance.”
After more recently working for the Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds in the medical department, taking care of their 40 full-time professionals, as well as Macclesfield RUFC, she graduated with a BSc in sports rehabilitation and a post-graduate diploma in strength and conditioning.
She says she is happy to be back essentially where it all started.
“I am very excited to see how my future unfolds in the new ice rink – combining my skating and academic know-ledge.
“And I also hope, through my Pilates and fitness background, to get Fylde ladies fit and functional, while having fun.”
For more details about Lindsey’s classes, log onto www.bodymechanicsfitness.co.uk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org