A TALENTED young skater is set to perform on the ice as part of a professional show which is on its world tour.
Robert Manning College pupil Abi Binder, 13, of Rangoon Way, Bourne, is looking forward to joining other skaters in a performance during the interval of the gala night of Holiday on Ice Energia at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on Thursday.
Abi, who is coached by Kate Locks, at Planet Ice Arena in Peterborough, is excited and said: “I went last year too and took part in some training with the professional skaters.
“But performing on the ice this year is a dream come true for me. I’m a little nervous but can’t wait.”
There will be 10 youngsters aged 12 to 17 who have been given the opportunity to take part in the performance which is called “Art on Ice”.
It will last for about three minutes.
Abi will be supported on the night by her parents Emma and Andy as well as 12-year-old brother Jon, who plays ice hockey.
Emma is really proud of her daughter and said: “Abi has worked really hard and so it is nice for her to be able to do something like this in front of a big audience.”
Dad Andy added: “Hopefully this will be a stepping stone for Abi.”
Abi has been skating for five years, and coached for four.
She skates three times a week and has achieved competition standard level three.
Abi started skating after watching an ice hockey game and she hasn’t looked back since.
It is her favourite hobby and she dreams of making it as a professional skater.
Abi said: “I love skating.
“It is something I really enjoy and I love doing all the jumps.
“I want to thank Kate Locks and wish all the other skaters good luck for our performance.”
Abi and the other young skaters were invited to take part by Holiday on Ice UK managing director Jilly Greed, who said: “Holiday on Ice employs virtuoso skaters from all over the world and we feel it’s important to encourage young talent in the UK by engaging with local clubs at grass roots level.”
The gala show is in aid of charities Anna’s Hope, a charity which supports children and young people with brain tumours, and Have a Heart, which supports children’s hospices.
The show is on from Thursday until Sunday, February 6.
Tickets are available by telephoning 01733 452336 or visiting www.holidayonice.co.uk.
Prices range from £24 to £30 with all children at £12.