Dancing On Ice: Sheffield pair team up

Dance partners: Baroness Oona King and Mark Hanretty.
Dance partners: Baroness Oona King and Mark Hanretty.

SHEFFIELD skating coach Mark Hanretty is hoping to make it third time lucky when he takes to the ice for a celebrity TV show.

The 27-year-old, who teaches ice skating at iceSheffield, has been paired with Sheffield-born Baroness Oona King for the new series of Dancing on Ice, which starts on Sunday, January 6.

Mark first appeared on the show in 2011, skating with former EastEnders actress Nadia Sawalha, before making it to the halfway point partnering diet and fitness guru Rosemary Conley earlier this year.

Mark said: “Training is going really well and Oona has blown away all my stereotypes about politicians.

“For a 45-year-old who has never skated before she is doing incredibly well.

“We have been going through basic skills, which anyone who has seen me coaching at iceSheffield will know I am a stickler for, and also some lifts.

“My aim this year is to get further than the halfway mark, and then who knows what might happen? I just hope the people of South Yorkshire vote to keep us in.”

He added: “Dancing on Ice is great for raising the profile of ice skating and I hope my appearance on the show can inspire more people to think about giving it a go.”

Baroness King, former chief diversity officer for Channel 4, said she was enjoying working with Mark.

She said: “Training has been going very well and Mark is a great coach.

“I am just focusing on getting the choreography of the routine right for the live show.”

Mandy Parker, general manager of iceSheffield, said: “It is fantastic to see Mark back on Dancing on Ice and everyone at iceSheffield will be voting for him.

“He is a fantastic coach and we hope his appearance on the show with Baroness King will give other people the confidence to take to the rink.”

n Dancing on Ice starts on ITV1 on Saturday, January 6.