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Tom Whalley

Tom and Clare Whalley.

The 15-year-old ice skater, from Baslow is a student at Lady Manners School and a member of the Ice Sheffield Academy, partnering twin sister Clare in competition where they won gold in the Welsh Advanced Novice Ice Dance Championships and bronze in the British equivalent.

Tom says: "I am a male ice dancer who partners with my twin sister Clare. I started ice skating on the NISA Skate UK Learn to Skate course aged nine.We competed together at beginner pairs from 2010 before moving to ice dance in 2012.

"We are current Welsh Advance Novice Ice Dance Champions and represented Great Britain at the International Skating Union Camp in Poland over the summer of 2014, British Advance Novice ice Dance Championships 2014-15 and the Mary Groombridge Friendship Trophy.

"We qualified for the UK Talent Squad in 2014 and this opportunity has now been extended to cover the current season, giving us the opportunity to be monitored and mentored by the Development Team at NISA and Lincoln University.

"2015-16 is about focusing on achieving qualifying scores at Junior, our first of four seasons at in the category, beginning a journey for us to build our performance levels over a longer period of time to sustain continual improvement.

"In the last two seasons, we have moved up three levels so having a longer term plan at the same level brings stability to our training and focuses in on longer term goals.

"Our objective is to show continual improvement over the next four seasons moving into to the performance squad to compete internationally to gain international experience and status and ISU World Ranking."