ICE SKATING: SKATING sensations Christabel Brown and Lauren Bithell may be too young to remember the achievements of Jayne Torvill but they are showing signs they could soon be following in her footsteps.
The Deeside Ice Skating Club members have qualified at the first attempt for this year's British Solo Ice Dance Championship in July, after turning in bronze medal-winning displays during the season's opening fixture in Coventry.
And with Great Britain's Olympian Marika Humphreys coaching them to glory, there was no chance of freezing under the spotlight for 16-year-old Christabel, who is the current Welsh solo champion, or 13-year-old Lauren, who was crowned national champion in the novices class in 2003.
Welsh international Christabel, of Saughall, has been ice skating for 11 years and is looking forward to the championship - a competition in which she grabbed a silver two years ago.
Her mother Liz said: 'She's thrilled and is optimistic about her chances.
'She's never been one to say 'look at me, I'm fantastic' and instead just quietly gets on with things. But she loves to compete and is aiming for a place on the rostrum.
'But having gone up a standard this year, she knows it will be hard.'
Christabel is following in the footsteps of her elder sister Verity into the sport, while for Mold-based Lauren, it is a huge achievement having taken up ice skating just five years ago.
Her mother Carol said: 'Her father and I never had any interest in skating but we were persuaded by our friends to go down one half-term. Lauren took to it straight away and she really enjoys it.
'We're absolutely thrilled that Lauren has qualified for the championship. She's worked so hard and is extremely excited.
'It's a wonderful achievement.'