ICE SKATING: CHRISTMAS came early for Delamere teenager Jamie Whyte when he completed a grand slam of British ice dance title last weekend.
With 21-year-old Louise Walden, of Preston, he lifted the British junior championship at Nottingham to add to the Welsh and Scottish titles captured earlier this year.
Jamie, 18, has been skating since he was three and after going to Abbey Gate School in Chester he opted out of secondary school in favour of home tutoring so he could spend more time on the ice.
'I don't regret missing secondary school and although it was often very tiring doing so much training, it has certainly paid off,' he said.
He is still a full-time skater and aims to be at the Winter Olympics in 2014 and bidding for world and European titles earlier than that with the help of coaches Jean-Paul De Loose, John Slater and Suzanne Bosworth.
He has already turned down more than £1,000 a week to coach in the USA, but will probably take up coaching in a couple of years as well as continuing competitive skating.
Jamie and Louise, who have free leisure facilities at Forest Hills Hotel, Frodsham, and train at Deeside, hope to be as successful as Torvill and Dean and their names are already on some of the trophies won by the legendary skaters.