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Rebecca is star skater after four years

REBECCA Allan, pictured, might only be 12, but the Glaswegian has become a professional at breaking the ice.

For the daughter of Mandy and Robert Allan was one of only 46 girls in the country to qualify for the British Figure Skating Championships Novice A — out of 228. And she finished a respectable 24th.

She said: “It felt amazing and I was very proud of myself, but I was nervous to skate at the British Championships.

“I am hoping to skate at an international competition this year representing Great Britain, and improve my British ranking from 12th at Novice A.”

Rebecca, a pupil at The Williamwood High School, East Renfrewshire, only began skating four years ago.

Mum Mandy said: “She started classes in December, 2013, and completed all of her badges within six months. She joined the Olympia Figure Skating Club in April, 2014, and started competing in 2015.

“By 2017, she had competed at 14 competitions and scored a podium at 11 of them, comprising of five first place finishes, three seconds and three thirds.

“She was also nominated for a South Lanarkshire Sports Personality Award this year.”

Rebecca has an intense training schedule. She trains on ice six times a week — three before school — and has three “off-ice” classes.

Rebecca said: “I also volunteer every Sunday night assisting the coaches at UK Learn to Skate. My school is very supportive of me and allows me time off for training and competitions.

“My friends are very understanding and realise that skating is my passion and that I have to get bed early to get up for training, but I have also made a lot of friends through the club and competitions.

Mandy added: “She is a very hard working, conscientious and talented girl.”


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