Jason homes in on European crown

jason thompson, sheffield ice skater
jason thompson, sheffield ice skater

Sheffield figure skater, Jason Thompson is hoping to make it home, sweet home as he gets ready for his biggest ever challenge.

He will represent Great Britain at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships which take place all next week at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield.

Jason, who trains at iceSheffield, is set to compete in the Men’s Free Skate events, with two days of preliminary competition, next Monday and Tuesday, before the battle for the Championship title commences 24 hours later.

He beat off strong competition to take the British men’s single title last November but this is his first European Championships.

“Being selected is a dream come true as this was one of the mains goals I set out to achieve when I first started skating,” said Jason.

“It makes all my hard work seem worthwhile and I feel ready to do my country proud.

“I am looking forward to representing GB in one of the biggest ice skating competitions of the year and I hope that I can do well and perhaps get a top 20 position.

“As long as I know I have put all my previous hard work into the two programmes on the day, I will be happy.”

The Championships are being held in England for the first time in over 20 years after Sheffield was successful in its bid to stage the prestigious event.

Programme of events: Sunday, January 22: First official practise session; Monday: Pairs, Men’s and Dance preliminary rounds; Tuesday: Ladies preliminary round; Wednesday: Opening ceremony, Pairs Short and Short Dance programme.

Thursday: Men’s Short programme and Pairs Free programme; Friday: Ladies Short Programme and Dance and Free Dance; Saturday: Men’s and Ladies Free programme; Sunday: Gala Performance.

All event tickets, priced £160 and £110, will give customers access to all sessions while individual day tickets are priced from £10 to £31.

Tickets are available online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk, call 0114 2565656 or in person from the Arena Box Office.