Lily’s one cool customer

Nine year-old skating sensation Lily Matthias is being coached at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena by six times world champion Jo Conway.'Lily and Jo on the ice. PIC BY ROB LOCK'31-10-2013
Nine year-old skating sensation Lily Matthias is being coached at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena by six times world champion Jo Conway.'Lily and Jo on the ice. PIC BY ROB LOCK'31-10-2013
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N-icely does it!

Little Lily Matthias is likely to be one to watch for the future.

The nine-year-old, from Lytham, has been selected for the Team GB figure skating development squad.

And she has only been skating for two years!

Lily started ice skating after being inspired by hit TV show Dancing on Ice – which stars Poulton ice skating favourite Dan Whiston.

It wasn’t long before she was spotted by the Pleasure Beach Ice Arena’s top coach, six-times British champion Joanne Conway.

Lily skates at the attraction’s popular ice rink five times a week.

Joanne said: “Lily started skating in 2011, but then her coach moved away. I started here in January, and she was doing sort of the things you’d expect from someone who’d been skating that length of time, but I could see she had potential.

“We started working together and she has done so well and made some really fast progress.

“She was selected for the development squad for Team GB, so now it will be a question of looking at the next four years for Lily, starting to progress to more competitions and get more experience.

“She has come a long way in a short time. And Lily is very hard-working and very talented.”

Lily said: “I enjoy skating, because it’s fun and my favourite moves are axels and jumps.

“I like watching Dancing on Ice on TV. I’d like to do more competitions.”

Lily is home-schooled, which does make it slightly easier for her to fit in her skating, as well as homework and her education.

Proud mum Lyndsey said: “I am so pleased with how well Lily is doing.

“I feel so proud. She has made really fast progress.

“Her big brother is really sporty as well, he plays cricket, so perhaps being sporty runs in the family.”