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Ice skating: Junior Deeside trio land British titles in Sheffield

THREE young figure skaters have joined new British champions Louise Walden and Owen Edwards as the best of British.

Deeside Ice Rink-based duo Josh Whidborne, 21, and Charlotte Aiken, 18, are British Junior Ice Dance champions for the second year running after defending their title in the junior section of the British Championships at the iceSheffield rink.

The pair train at Deeside every weekday morning and are coached by Olympic coach and former British and world professional ice dance champion Joan Slater MBE.

They underlined their growing confidence and ability by flying straight out to Budapest in Hungary for the Santa Claus Cup, which they also won with a total score of 108.61.

A third Deeside skater, 17-year-old Welsh Open champion Katie Powell, became the Junior British Women’s Figure Skating champion at Sheffield.

Powell, who also trains at Sheffield, competed in the 209 Youth Winter Olympics in Poland and

British champions Louise Walden and Owen Edwards were left out in the cold at the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The pair have been on a winning run all season, claiming the Welsh Open title, The Graz Ice Challenge in Austria and the International Trophy of Lyon before their victory over Scotland’s seven-time British champions and reigning title-holders John and Sinead Kerr at iceSheffield last week.

But despite this the Deeside Ice Skating Club pair were not even shortlisted for the Principality’s awards, which took place at Celtic Manor Golf Course, the venue for this year’s Ryder Cup.

Instead Newport County FC, last season’s winners of the Blue Square South Division of the English Conference, were named Team of the Year on Monday night.

On the night there were also awards for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale and Commonwealth medallist boxer Sean McGoldrick.