Entries by Sean Gillis

Irish Senior Figure Team Takes On Golden Spin Challenge

Irish figure skaters head to Croatia this week (6-9 December) for the Golden Spin of Zagreb, an ISU Challenger Series event. For Dillon Judge it is a first Challenger after entering the senior ranks. He has already competed twice this season finishing 16th at Tayside Trophy in October and 10th at Denkova Staviski Cup in […]

Soucisse/Firus Eighth At Bosphorus Cup

In their 2023/2024 season debut, ice dancers Carolane Soucisse and Shane Firus have finished eighth at the Bosphorus Cup in Istanbul,  Türkiye. For their rhythm dance, the Irish national champions opted to use a selection of music by Rick James. They opened with a midline step sequence which was rated Level 2. Unfortunately, in the […]

Judge 10th At Denkova Staviski Cup

Dillon Judge has finished in 10th place overall at this weekend’s Denkova-Staviski Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was a tough start for Judge in the short programme as he fell on an opening triple Salchow. However, he came back to tack on a double toe loop to his originally planned solo triple toe loop jump. […]

O’Brien Wraps Up Montreal World Cups

Liam O’Brien has concluded his second consecutive weekend of racing at the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Montreal, Canada. As usual, the opening day of competition consisted of the qualification rounds. This weekend’s agenda for O’Brien included the 1500m (1) and 1000m distances. He was drawn in Heat of the 1500m (1) […]

O’Brien Up Again For Second Montreal World Cup

Liam O’Brien will be Ireland’s sole representative this weekend (27-29 October) as Montreal, Canada’s holds the second of back-to-back ISU World Cup Short Track Skating events. O’Brien opened his season last weekend at the Maurice-Richard Arena where he ranked 46th and 28th respectively in the 1000m (2) and 1500m distances. Having gotten back into racing […]

Tkacheva Receives Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund Award

Sophia Tkacheva has been named as a recipient of a Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund award. The County Wexford based figure skater will be presented with €1000 through the fund which has been created to assist up and coming athletes on the island of Ireland achieve their goals. “Being awarded this scholarship is like a window […]

Short Track Season Kicks Off In Montreal

Ryan McAnuff and Liam O’Brien got their season under way at this weekend’s ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Montreal, Canada. They both opened their racing in the 1500m quarterfinals on the first day of competition. O’Brien raced in Heat 5 clocking 2:22.282 in 6th place. McAnuff was up right after in Heat […]

Irish Short Track Team Raring To Go At Montreal World Cup

The  ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series gets under way this weekend (20-22 October) in Montreal, Canada with Ryan McAnuff and Liam O’Brien representing Team Ireland at the event.McAnuff returns to the World Cup circuit for the first time since 2021. Along with younger brother Sean, he was the first Irish skater to […]

Judge 16th; Tkacheva 11th at Tayside Trophy

Dillon Judge and Sophia Tkacheva were in action this weekend at the Tayside Trophy in Dundee, United Kingdom representing Ireland in the Scottish city. In his international debut as a senior competitor, Judge began the event with his short programme skated to “Smile” by Nat King Cole. He opened with a triple Salchow-double toe loop […]