Artistic roller skating may not be the best known sport, but youngsters from Lincoln are loving every second of it after competing in the federal nationals in April.
Aimee Hill, 11, wowed the judges with her routine which earned her a fourth-place finish out of 15 competitors in the B class elementary category.
Aimee’s team-mates from Lincoln Artistic Roller Skating club (LARS) also competed with 12-year-olds Lily Keenan (8th), Natasha Ma’ayta (11th) and Maddy Gavin (12th) impressing with their respective placings.
Stacie Grint, 10, finished eighth out of eight in the A class, known as mini, although she was competing in a higher standard for her age group.
So what is artistic roller skating?
- The sport is similar to figure skating, but with competitors wearing roller skates instead of ice skates.
- Within artistic roller skating there are several disciplines, including free skating, figures, and dance.
- Competitors skate programs of two to three minutes, with jumps, spins and footwork to interpret music.
- The skaters are then marked on technical ability and presentation.
LARS teaches and promotes the sport using individual and group tuition and caters for all ages.
The sport is technically very hard to learn and some of the girls skate three to four times a week in order to reach the required standard.
What’s next for the Lincoln club?
The girls are now training for the British artistic roller skating championships in Kettering in June, which is the UK’s biggest artistic skating competition.
These championships are where skaters are selected to represent their country in the European championships later in the year.
LARS head coach Nigel Plant told The Lincolnite: “To be accepted into the championship is a fantastic achievement for the girls as this is only their third year skating competitively.”