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2019 Irish Figure Skating Championships

The 2019 Irish Figure Skating Championships concluded earlier today at the Lee Valley Ice Centre in London with titles up for grabs in five different categories.

Sam McAllister won his first Senior Men’s title. The Ballymoney, County Antrim skater had a strong showing in the short programme where he scored 57.16 in a routine that included a triple Lutz, a triple flip-double toe loop combination, a double Axel and two Level 4 spins. He opened his free skating with a triple Lutz and went on to land triple Lutz-double toe loop and double Axel-double toe loop combinations. He earned a free score of 94.35 to give him a total of 151.51 for the gold medal.

Conor Stakelum was looking to bag a sixth senior title and came very close. The Dublin native attempted a triple loop and a triple toe loop-triple toe loop combination in the short and received a score of 47.38. He rallied in the free skate to win the segment with a score of 101.66, but had to settle for second place overall with a total of 149.04.

Elizabeth Golding claimed her first Junior Ladies title with an overall score of 73.37.

In his first appearance at an Irish Championships, Dillon Judge picked up the Advanced Novice Men’s title with a total of 70.03.

There was also a first title for Robyn Foster in the Advanced Novice Ladies category as she amassed a total of 73.54. Sophia Tkacheva came second with overall score of 61.57.

After silver in 2018, Laura Hegarty took the Basic Novice Ladies title with a total score of 16.60.

Full detailed results for the 2019 Irish Figure Skating Championships are available here.

Conor Stakelum Skates For Ireland At European Figure Skating Championships

Conor Stakelum (25) competes at the European Figure Skating Championships this week in Minsk, Belarus (23-27 January). This is the five-time Irish champion’s second consecutive participation at the event following his debut last year in Moscow, Russia where he became the first Irish male figure skater to compete in the 118 year history of the championships.

Stakelum will first take part in the short programme which will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, 24 January from 12 noon local time (9am Irish time). He drew to skate 11th of the 36 men competing and will be on the ice at 1:42pm local time (10:32am Irish time). He will perform seven required elements and if his scores place him in the top 24 skaters he will advance to the free skating on Saturday, 26 January.

“I am excited to be back at Europeans again,” Stakelum said. “Last year I was a little bit overawed by the sheer scale of everything. This year I feel more comfortable competing at this level and I hope that will reflect in my performance.”

You will be able to follow Stakelum’s progress in Minsk live on the Eurosport Player (subscription service), the competition results page and on social media using the #EuroFigure #FigureSkating hashtags.

The European Figure Skating Championships are being held in Minsk for the first time ever. Stakelum will be one of 145 skaters from 34 countries who will participate in the event.