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Ice skating: Synchro success for Romford’s Richardson

PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 February 2018

Synchronised skating team Orion were awarded the most entertaining programme at the Trophy D'Ecrosse earlier this month, while also setting a personal best in the free skating section

Synchronised skating team Orion were awarded the most entertaining programme at the Trophy D'Ecrosse earlier this month, while also setting a personal best in the free skating section

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Romford’s Jay Richardson helped Team Orion to synchronised skating success at the Trophy D’Ecrosse in Dumfries.

Synchronised skating team Orion were awarded the most entertaining programme at the Trophy D'Ecrosse earlier this month, while also setting a personal best in the free skating sectionSynchronised skating team Orion were awarded the most entertaining programme at the Trophy D'Ecrosse earlier this month, while also setting a personal best in the free skating section

The 48-year-old, who learned to skate in the old Rom Valley Way rink, is part of the Lee Valley-based team and also teaches fitnesses classes.

Members are aged from the mid-20s to 72, but although synchronised skating is practised at national and international level, it is not in the Winter Olympics.

Orion’s team are coached by Chrissie Richards and put together a routine with a space theme, with required elements performed and marked individually to give an overall mark.

And they were awarded the J Linton Cup for most entertaining programme, but just missed out on a podium in the free skating section after a personal best of 25.28.

Team Phoenix won gold in the elementary category and Richardson said: “It was an amazing weekend for all those involved and a great end to the season.

“We are always recruiting for more members and not only is it a fun sport it’s an excellent way to keep fit.”

The club are holding an open day for people to come and try at Lee Valley on Saturday (12.15-2.30pm).

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