Skaters get in sync

photo 4TWO skaters are getting their moves in synch ahead of one of their biggest championships to date.

Gina Rimmer and Katie Cliff, who are both 16 and studying at Priestley College, are perfecting their pull throughs and sharpening their spirals ahead of the Kempen Trophy in Belgium.

“It’s an international so it is a great opportunity to compete against skaters from other countries,” said Gina, from Grappenhall.

“We are really friendly with all the other British teams so it will be good to see them as well. Everyone smiles at one another even though we are competing.”

Former Cransley pupil Gina is now studying BTEC Business and AS Levels in Media and Photography at Priestley.

Together with Katie and the team she trains at least once a week starting at 6am in Altrincham.

Katie, who studies BTECs in Health and Social Care and Applied Science at Priestley, started skating seven years ago.

The former Lymm High School pupil entered numerous solo competitions, but lost confidence until joining the Altrincham Silver Blades.

“I don’t like performing on my own so being in the team helps me to relax during the performance,” she said. “We rarely come home without a medal of some sort.”

Altrincham Silver Blades skate in Belgium at Easter. To pay for the trip the girls have fundraised through events such as packing bags in supermarkets. If you can sponsor the team email Helen Rimmer at

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