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PICTURES: Talent returns on the Inverness ice rink for Ice Factor 2023 with £2,800 raised


By Federica Stefani

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Helen Ford.
Helen Ford.

An ice skating event was back in full swing at the weekend with top performances from local athletes.

Highland Synchronized Ice Skating Teams were back at the Inverness Ice Centre with Ice Factor, an annual fundraising event – which this year raised £2800 for the teams.

Skaters showed off their skills in solo routines and group performances with the aim of winning as many votes as possible from all who attend the event.

With 24 routines to vote for and skaters as young as six-years-old competing, this year's competition saw a record number of people attending – and votes.

A spokesperson for the Highland Synchronized Ice Skating Teams said: "The dedication shown by the skaters (and parents), and professionalism of our coaches Amanda Clinton and Eilish Rennie is truly amazing, along with a fabulous committee.

"All of the skaters were fantastic, effortlessly impressing the spectators with their stunning routines."

The solo category was won by Ellie Lasota who performed on the notes of I'm Still Standing, closely followed by Lucy MacLennan and Poppy Dunn in group 1.

Mya Walker took home the solo top spot in the second group, with Lois Gray and Lacey MacAskill also on the podium.

The duets/groups category was won by Lois Gray and Mya Walker (Do You Want to Build a Snowman).

Competition routines were also performed by Northern Lights (a mixed-age team) and the adult team, the Highlanders.


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