Hollie is British Skating Solo Dance Champion
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Hollie Asquith, a Year 8 pupil in Bolton School Girls’ Division, has become the Espoir (Ages 12-13) British Solo Dance Champion 2018 after a tournament held at Hayward’s Heath earlier in the month. She won with all five judges placing her first out of 21 competitors.
Mrs Nina Asquith, her mother and coach, said: “Hollie works hard and forfeits many fun events including her friends’ birthday parties and netball matches! However, everyone is very supportive of this and understanding. She is still a little shy, but working on it! As a parent and her coach, there are times this does not work, and luckily her older sister who also skated can take over and advise. I am extremely proud of how far she has come and how she performs, it’s beautiful to watch.”
Hollie performed two compulsory dances, a Foxtrot and a Tango, which included correct patterns, timing and steps. She also performed a two minute free dance to Paolo Nutini’s Pencil Full of Lead.
Hollie trains for 10 hours a week and also does dance and flexibility to help with the skating. She started when she was 2 years old, and since then has skated for GB at Europeans Minis and Espoir for four years in a row, competing in two different disciplines. Most clubs only train in one, either dance or free skating, but Hollie has excelled in both disciplines.
In further good news for Hollie, The Federation of Artistic Roller Skating (FARS) announced that she has been selected to represent GB at the European Cup later this year in Malaga, Spain. She has also recently been a finalist at the Bolton Inspire Women Awards at the Macron Stadium and was also a finalist for the last two years at the Bolton Sports Awards.
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