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Collier Row father and son share ice skating passion and top national trophy

PUBLISHED: 17:35 14 December 2016

British champion Graham Newberry training at the Lee Valley ice centre

British champion Graham Newberry training at the Lee Valley ice centre

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An 18-year-old rising star in the world of ice skating has swept the first prize of a national competition 28 years after his father did the same.

Graham Newberry pictured with his father and coach Christian NewberryGraham Newberry pictured with his father and coach Christian Newberry

Graham Newberry, of Collier Row, brought home two trophies after winning both the junior and senior men’s categories of the British Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield.

This was Graham’s third junior title, but his first time taking the crown in the senior contest.

He told the Recorder: “I am very pleased. I didn’t expect to win both titles and it was a really good turn of events.

“I have never experienced anything else like ice skating around the rink full-speed, spinning through the air and coming back down. It’s very freeing – it’s about the adrenaline rush,” he said.

Born in America, Graham has been on the ice since he was a toddler.

His passion for ice skating was passed on by his father Christian Newberry.

Formerly representing Great Britain in the European Championships, Christian moved to the US to follow his own dream.

There, he trained and coached others to the top level, but also met his wife and raised his two sons.

The boys spent a lot of time at the ice rink, where their father could look after them and teach his own students.

Graham’s brother Jack, 21, also took a liking to sliding across the ice.

Christian said: “We didn’t have the intention of them competing – this was just part of their day care.

“When Graham grew a bit older he said he wanted to compete and so I coached him.”

About two years ago, the family returned to Collier Row, and Graham is now training under the watchful eye of his dad at the Lee Valley Ice Centre, Leyton.

Seeing his son hold up the trophy he won 28 years ago, Christian said: “It was a very proud moment.”

Now qualified to represent GB in the European Championships in the Czech Republic in January, Graham knows he wants to go as far as his talent and hard work will take him.

Inspired by his father’s achievements, he added: “I want to get a good skating carer and get into coaching to train my own team to high level like my dad.”

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