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Romford’s Newberry is double British champion

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 December 2016

Romford skater Graham Newberry in action (pic: John Rowley)

Romford skater Graham Newberry in action (pic: John Rowley)

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Teenager takes ice skating titles in Sheffield

Romford teenager Graham Newberry was dancing on ice after winning two titles at the British Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield.

The 18-year-old Newberry is one of the first competitors to win both the junior and senior men’s titles and could well be one to watch in the future.

Coached by father Christian, a former senior men’s champion himself at Lee Valley, Newberry’s successes were certainly a family affair.

He said: “It still doesn’t seem real, this was the only year I could do this (compete in both categories) and to be honest it wasn’t even on our radar. Overjoyed would be an understatement.

“To regain my junior title after being injured last year and to then win senior with two great skates, just makes all the hard work and sacrifice worth it.”

Christian Newberry coached several medal winners at the competition, including junior women’s champion Kristen Spours.

However, he was particularly and understandably proud of his son, adding: “I can honestly say I’ve never been prouder. Graham is such a hard worker, he pushes me to be a better coach, and he inspires all my younger students.

“We always say ‘channel your inner Graham’. It’s a great feeling as a coach when your students skate well and win, this was a great year for me, not only the three titles, but a silver and bronze in the lower levels too.”

There will be no rest for Graham, though, as he has a competition lined up after Christmas, adding: “I will be straight back to training as I have a competition in Poland in early January and then hopefully the European Championships and then Junior Worlds in Taipei.

“It has been a great season of firsts for me, but I think right now just skating well at the big events will be my main goal, trying to gain that valuable experience, I’m only 18 so I’m going to just give it my best.”

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