Josh Brown, 16, from Edwalton put the metaphorical “cherry on top of the icing on the cake” on an amazing sporting year when he became the British Junior Figure Skating Champion for 2015-16.
A pupil at Rushcliffe School, Josh and his family relocated to Nottingham four years ago to allow him to train more extensively at the National Ice Centre, where he has been a member of the academy for seven years.
Josh’s exceptional year started way back in January when he represented Team GB at the Youth Winter Olympics in Voralsberg, Austria, where he placed 10th in a world-class field and although the youngest in Team GB, he achieved the highest individual position across all events.
More recently, Josh represented Great Britain in two of this season’s Junior Grand Prix events in Logrono, Spain and Zagreb in Croatia before moving on to secure a new personal best score and second place in the Volvo Cup in Riga, before finally heading to Sheffield for the British Championships.
Josh, competing in the junior under-19 category, was once again the youngest in the field, but after securing a three-point lead in the opening Short Programme, he skated ahead of his major rivals in the Free Programme and posted a score that none could come close to and he ran out a clear winner.
Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, Josh said: “It’s been a pretty intense last 12 weeks with four international events running up to the British, but in hindsight great preparation.
“However, I simply couldn’t have achieved what I have this year without the amazing support of my school, especially as I am in my GCSE year.
“I am also very lucky to have such a great coaching team, with Gurgen, Jerana, Joy and Tamara at the NIC and just as importantly Matt my physio at Response, Elizabeth at Ice Cool Confidence and my sponsors XMA, who are based here in Nottingham. Whilst I am a solo skater this is very much a team effort.”