Supporting All British Skaters!
Definitely it starts from the pre Senior levels and builds from there. All our Pairs were Singles skaters who changed discipline, and there's even a few Singles skaters who switched to Dance successfully, apart from Lewis, the Junior silver Medalist boy, Alex Lapsy. That's one route the Netherlands could go down to try to build numbers. If skaters reach a point in Singles where they can't do the harder jumps and are getting injured trying, as happened with Luke Digby, he went to the Lambiel school and tried the 3 Axel but came away with a serious knee injury that almost ended his skating career. Sometimes another option is possible though every skater starts learning alone. Certainly those who switch disciplines don't regret it.Lucky you. Having said that, I'm actually quite pleased we've got 2 sr pairs and 2 sr ID couples at the same time. Must be the first time in Dutch history. Actually, it was the first time in Dutch history we had a pair at Worlds (we've had pairs at Europeans). Now we need a bit of a build up in these disciplines among the juniors. And, I would be thrilled to have a man taking part again (there was one at one of the international competitions this year but I don't know whether he has a future as his scores were low) as our only and best man so far, Thomas Kennes, has just retired and is now working as a coach.