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Hampshire Talented Athlete Profiles

Danielle Harrison - Figure Ice Skating

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12 year old Danielle Harrison is a figure skater from Basingstoke. She won a bronze medal in the 2011 British Championships in the Novice Ladies Category and trains with UK leading ladies skaters Jenna McCorkell & Karly Robertson. She has recently been picked to carry the flame in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

SHIOW: Most notable achievements over the last 24 months

DH: Winning gold and silver medals at a number of opens across the UK and winning a bronze medal in the British Championships.

SHIOW: Targets for 2012

DH: To improve in some of my skating elements and give strong performances in competitions.

SHIOW: Biggest challenge faced to date?

DH: Qualifying for the British Championships because the criteria to qualify requires a high level score.

SHIOW: Favourite Sporting Moment

DH: Participating in the NISA Cup final representing England. There was a big noisy crowd supporting Scotland. It’s also been great training with Jenna McCorkell & Karly Robertson.

SHIOW: Your Top Tips for aspiring athletes

DH: Listen and learn from experts, work with the top experienced coaches, train and compete with strong competitors and eat well.

SHIOW: What one piece of kit, equipment or food / drink could you not live without – and why?

DH: Couldn’t skate without my boots/blades

SHIOW: Who is your Sporting Hero?

DH: Jenna McCorkell and Karly Robertson – leading UK ladies skaters

SHIOW: Who has most influenced your success – and why?

DH: My coaching team of Debi Briggs, Simon Briggs, Gary Peed and Lisa Beaumont … and my parents. Thank you also to the support given by my school Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke

SHIOW: If competing at the Olympics/ Paralympics is one of your goals, describe what it would mean to you to wear the GB kit in London

DH: I was very proud to represent England and wear the flag in the NISA Cup 2010 final. Also very proud when the national anthem was played when on the podium at the British Championships 2011.

SHIOW: The 7 Olympic and Paralympic values are respect, excellence, friendship, courage, inspiration, dedication and equality.  What do these words mean to you?

DH: Values are important to help guide me to achieve my full potential but do it in an appropriate and satisfying manner.

SHIOW: How has the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme helped you with your sport?

DH: Funding helps me get quality coaching and training ice time – these are the two most important things for me.

SHIOW: 10 words to best describe you

DH: Competitive, confident, cool, focused, determined, small, fast, flexible, methodical, assertive

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