You can see why 12-year-old Chloe Dempsie loves ice skating.
It’s graceful, it’s glamorous and it’s artistic. And that’s what the spectators love.
But what they don’t see is the stresses and strains of training.
And Chloe excels just as much at that as she does at performance.
Coach Jennifer Holmes has nurtured Chloe’s skating since her pupil was five.
And now Chloe has qualified for the British Figure Skating Championships at Sheffield in November.
She’ll be in the basic novice ladies’ category. But the important thing is she’s made it there.The first year Kyle Academy pupil has also reached the standard for the Great Britain Regional Development Squad One.
Jennifer said: “I am very proud Chloe has achieved this. I’ve coached her for seven years, and she works very hard on and off the ice.”
She certainly does, for the Auchincruive girl was skating every single day during the summer holidays.
And even now she’s getting on the ice wherever and whenever she can.
Mum Lynsey Dempsie said: “My alarm goes off at 4.45 am on Saturday mornings.
“We first go to Auchenvarvie Ice Rink, then come back home for breakfast before going to Ayr Ice Rink.”
Chloe is a member of Magnum Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club. And much of her current training is at the Auchenharvie rink at Stevenston.
But she comes back to Ayr for extra Skate 2 Success sessions.
Coaches are Jennifer, along with Kirsty Cameron and Lewis Gibson.
Contact Skate2success@outlook.com if your youngster wants to join in.
Chloe is a twin, and sister Morgan is just a smidgen behind in her development as a skater. And that could be because Morgan is also daft about horses.