Skating star chases dream

Young ice skater Harry Walford

Young ice skater Harry Walford

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The family of an ambitious ice skater has thanked the Fylde coast for its support as they relocate to help him pursue his dream.

Harry Walford, 12, from Anchorsholme, is determined to be the next figure skating sensation – so much so his family are packing up their home and moving to Dundee to be closer to top ice skating coaches.

His mum, Sarah, said: 
“Because of his passion, we are relocating to Dundee so he can be coached by Simon and Debi Briggs, who have been to the Olympics with Great Britain’s top female and male senior skaters.

“They are among the top coaches in the country with technical specialism.

“We have to go with it. In the skating world Harry is still very young, he’s like a sponge so they can help make him as strong as he can be.

“The Olympics is his aim.”

Sarah, husband Neil, seven-year-old daughter Amelia and Harry, who is a pupil at Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, will move to Scotland at the end of this month.

Sarah added: “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime, Harry is so excited.

“I didn’t have children not to allow them to follow their dreams.

“I would never want him to say later in life that we didn’t help him follow his ambitions.

“Amelia loves dancing so we will find her a great dance school there to nurture her dancing.”

Harry, who took up the sport in 2011 after trying it at a birthday party, trains six times a week and is coached by Dan Nicholson and Vycki Nicholson at the new Fylde Coast Ice Arena, which opened at the former TVR site in Bispham.

He was awarded £500 by The Swallowdale Trust and The Gazette as part of our £25,000 giveaway in 2013 to travel up to a national training camp in Dundee, followed by another £100 from our giveaway last year.

Sarah added: “The money from Swallowdale was amazing.

“It helped Harry get to elite skate camps and continue his training.

“We’d like to say thank you to his coaches on the Fylde coast, Dan and Vycki – they have got him to the point where he is great.”