Ice rink announces this year’s Skating Stars

The Skating Stars winners in the children's category

The Skating Stars winners in the children's category

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Hemel Hempstead has found its new Skating Stars.

The skating stars initiative, funded by Planet Ice, took place at the Hemel ice rink, starting in March, when children and adults went through a selection day, to find an initial 15 students per category to take through the Skate Excellence Learn to Skate programme.

The Skating Stars adult winners

The Skating Stars adult winners

In August, the final five were selected to learn an individual programme which was delivered to a capacity audience at the Skating Stars Final Gala on Sunday October 9.

While the judges deliberated, exhibition skaters and previous winner and runner-up Grace Taylor and Lucy May Smith performed on the ice.

In the children’s category, this year’s winner was Jessica Hesse, aged 12, second Alfie Carrington, seven, and third Elisia Jones, 13.

In the adult category, Paul Robinson was the winner, with his son Harry second and Rebecca Hesse third.

Winners Paul and Jessica will perform at the rink’s Alice in Wonderland Christmas show on December 15.

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