Sheffield skater Peter Hallam is favourite in British Figure Skating Championships

For JUS News 

Sheffield is hosting the British Figure Skating Championships for the ninth year in a row this week, and Sheffield-born Peter Hallam is the favourite for the men’s event.

The event is taking place at Ice Sheffield and stretches over the course of the week, with Friday and Saturday being pivotal to the deciding of the Championship.

Peter Hallam has finished as runner-up in the competition for the past three years, twice being tipped to the gold by Phillip Harris, who is absent from this years event.

Hallam will be hoping to go one better this year, as he looks to write his name as a Sheffield sporting hero in the world of figure skating.

As for the women, the event has been won by Natasha McKay for the past two years, but Karly Robertson is looking to secure her second title. She is part of the Dundee squad that have taken a 10-strong cohort to the tournament.

Favourites for the pairs title are Zoe Jones and Chris Boyadji.

The sport was the first winter sport to be recognised as a winter Olympic event. It tests a skater’s control and balance and demands lots of practice, patience and time.

The winners will be presented with awards at 6.00pm on Saturday, with a ‘Best of British Gala’ to follow.

BBC Sport will be broadcasting live from Ice Sheffield on Friday and Saturday, and the arena is expected to attract a nearly full attendance.

 

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