Year 7 pupil Emma Shimali competes at both Figure Skating and Solo Ice Dance and in 2020 she gained the required score to compete in the qualifier for the 2020 British Championships. Due to the pandemic, the Championships were cancelled, but now as things start to open up again Emma has returned to a full training schedule and is able to train on the ice 6 days per week.
Emma is currently the British champion for Solo Ice Dance for her age group, with a personal best score of 25.24 for figure skating, which was gained in 2018 when she came 3rd in her level at the Coventry Open Championships. She had an extremely successful solo ice dance season in 2019, taking podium places in each of her competitions before winning her age group at the British championships later that year. In her most recent figure skating event in February 2020, she placed 5th, gaining the required score to compete in the qualifier for the 2020 British championships.
Emma skates for 1-2 hours on weekday training days, also skating for 2 hours on both days at the weekend. Flexibility, strength and fitness are all needed to excel at her sport, so Emma trains with a flexibility coach twice a week, in addition to further off-ice training (via zoom) for jump and spin techniques. Her current aim is to qualify for the British Championships in both disciplines.