SAUGHALL'S Verity Brown went out with a bang at her last major competition.
The 18-year-old Deeside Ice Skating Club member won the silver medal in the senior ladies' event at the British Solo Ice Dance Championships and she now plans to give up the sport she took up when she was just five.
The talented skater plans to embark on a career in dentistry - and yesterday she heard she had achieved the A-level passes she needs to secure her place at university.
Verity admitted it was a great buzz to go out in style at the championships in Sheffield.
She said: 'I was thrilled and I'm still over the moon. It's a very hard competition so I was pleased to get a silver.
'I've decided to stop for now because I wouldn't mind going into other areas in ice skating, but not particularly competing.
'I'm hopefully going to go off to university, so that's something else I'll have to consider. But I've really enjoyed ice skating and to win a silver was great.'
Verity was part of the 11-strong Deeside team that took part at the championships - and she wasn't the only success story.
In the junior ladies' competition, Verity's sister Christabel achieved seventh place, a year after winning a silver medal in the primary ladies.
In the novice men's section, Chester's Alexander Thomp-son, nine, finished fifth.