Ice cool Ashworth sets sights on GB squad

Harry Ashworth, 12, of Todmorden, is hoping to get a place on the Great Britain ice skating team
Harry Ashworth, 12, of Todmorden, is hoping to get a place on the Great Britain ice skating team

Todmorden’s Harry Ashworth aims to skate his way into the Great Britain squad.

Ashworth, 12, recently trained at the prestigious International Skate School in Madrid and he is now preparing for his future as a professional skater.

The youngster, who goes to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College in Burnley, trains at Blackburn Ice Rink and has left coaches confident that he will be jumping triple axels and competing at the World Championships in no time.

“I started ice skating when I was five, my mum was having lessons and I wanted to try it,” said Ashworth, who lives on Brierfield, Cross Stone, and competes all over the UK.

“I still have the same coach I started with in Keith Hudson but I also train with Kathryn Hudson, who competed for Great Britain at the Olympics, and is one of the top pairs coaches in the country.

“I’ve been lucky enough to also have received lessons off Alexander Vedenin, an Olympic and World Championship figure skater who has trained some of the top Russian skaters.”

Ashworth trains an average of nine hours a week – seven hours on the ice – and would love to be a pairs skater but is struggling to find a partner.

“You need someone who spins at the same speed and has the same way of jumping so it’s not easy,” he said.

“But I’m really hoping to get into the GB development squad next year – that would make me a more serious contender to represent Great Britain in the future.

“Skating is definitely worth the bruises and sore muscles, especially when I know I have landed a good jump!”

Ashworth’s’s talent doesn’t stop there as he plays football for the successful Hebden Bridge Allstars.

“I have quite a lot of skating and football trophies!” added Ashworth.