Netherlee Primary pupil qualifies for British title

Lauryn Fox, figure skater from Clarkston
Lauryn Fox, figure skater from Clarkston

A budding figure skating star from Clarkston has been selected to compete in the British Championships which take place in Sheffield.

Lauryn Fox (11) took the third place spot at an open figure skating competition in Bradford last week which qualifies her for a chance at the UK’s top competition for the sport.

Lauryn, who lives at home with her mum and dad, Angi and Stephen Fox, has a younger sister Natalya (10) who is also following in her big sisters sporting footsteps. However Natalya’s gold medal wins for judo means she isn’t someone her big sister can easily boss around!

Lauryn first started skating for fun at the tender age of three and was showing her skills even then, when she won her first competition aged six.

She trains at Auchenharvie ice rink in Stevenston where she skates for the club’s ice dance and figure skating club.

Lauryn has shown her dedication for the sport by having to train 10 hours a week on average getting up at 4.30am every Sunday.

Laurn told The Extra: “It’s been hard work to get where I am but I’m dedicated. I’d love to compete at an international and represent my country abroad. My dream is to become a professional skater and make figure skating my future career, even although I know it’s a tiny industry.

Lauryn’s mum Angi said: “As a family we’ve had to sacrifice a lot, including giving up our weekends - and a wee glass of wine. We can’t wait for her to learn to drive.”