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Ice skating Meg is on top of the world

Posted onPosted on 19th Oct

Young Ashfield ice skater Meg McFarlane (above) spun her way to the top of the competition at the World Figure and Fancy Skating Championships.

Hundreds of skaters from across the globe took to the ice at the international event in Colorado, in the US.

Meg, (13), won a silver medal in her age category for an impressive figure skating performance, and two gold medals for her ice dance routines.

Her father, Cory, said: “Meg has again produced a medal-winning performance at an international event.

“Her entire family are very proud of her.

“Meg is extremely dedicated to her sport and is supported by some amazing coaches, including Louisa Chatwin SOGB figure skating coach and Gemma Kerry, ice dance coach from the Lammas Ice Skating Club in Sutton.”

Meg began skating at Lammas Leisure Centre in 2010 after being inspired by the television show, Dancing On Ice.

Her hard work and dedication was recognised by leisure operator Everyone Active and she is now a silver level athlete on its sporting champions scheme.

The skating star benefits from free access to Lammas Leisure Centre, and more than 150 Everyone Active centres nationwide, as well as funding and mentoring support through the scheme.

In 2016 Meg became part of Team GB’s Special Olympic squad and won six medals at the Special Olympics, including three golds.

Meg, who has Down’s syndrome, has been named Active Ashfield junior disabled sports person of the year each year since 2013 and has been nominated for the 2017 accolade.

Everyone Active contract manager Richard Chatwin said: “Meg trains at the centre five times a week to become the best skater she can be, so we are delighted to be able to support such an inspirational young athlete.

“As a leisure operator working in partnership with Ashfield District Council, it is fantastic to see young sporting stars that train in our centres be recognised internationally for their talents. We wish Meg every success for her upcoming competitions.”

Coun Amanda Brown, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “Meg’s hard work and determination to succeed is truly awe-inspiring and I am so pleased that our fantastic local facilities and operator at Lammas Leisure Centre have supported her to achieve so much.”