SKATER Hannah Davies will be bidding for a national title at the British Adult Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.
Hannah, 26, a teaching assistant at Great Boughton Primary School, took up the sport about 10 years ago after being inspired by the first series of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.
Hannah, who practises at Deeside Ice Skating Rink, said: “I enjoy seeing my friends and just the fun of getting out on the ice. I like expressing my emotions through the music.
“It’s a different kind of a hobby that gets me out of the house. I love the sparkly dresses as well!”
Hannah, from Boughton, works hard on perfecting her technique with the assistance of coach Pam Richardson who is ‘a friend as much as a coach’.
And she will take several supporters with her when she competes as a solo performer on Saturday to help calm her nerves.
“As long as I have a laugh and a giggle I’m not bothered,” said Hannah, who came third and received a medal on the podium when she competed in Sheffield last year.
Hannah loves the Dancing on Ice show and front-runner Jorgie Porter, from Hollyoaks, has even practised at the Deeside rink.
“Jorgie is top of the leader board. I have been impressed because when you think where they have come from, not being able to skate, to what they are doing now, it’s really impressive.”
In her job as a teaching assistant, Hannah works on a one-to-one basis with children with special needs. When the primary pupils covered the topic of ‘aspirations’, she took in her skates and sparkly dresses and delivered a talk in front of the whole school. This led to some of the students having ice skating lessons.
But the skating has not always gone smoothly for Hannah, who has had to take time out due to problems with her feet which ‘flare up’ in winter because of the cold.