Champagne on ice

A 19-year-old figure skater from Newton Mearns scooped the Scottish men’s senior title last weekend.

Jamie Wright was the country’s junior champion for two-years-running. The recent tournament in Aberdeen was his first chance to compete at senior level.

The former Eastwood High school pupil told The Extra: “It was not an easy transition, I was very nervous before I took to the ice but all my hard work has thankfully paid off.

“Senior level is definitely a big step up for me, so I was delighted to win and prove myself against many competitors who are much more experienced than I am.

“I plan to continue to test myself against tough competition as much as I can, so I can continue to improve”.

The win is only the beginning of a challenging season for the man who began skating nine-years-ago at Paisley Lagoon.

In November, he will face-off against the top talent in the UK at the senior British championships in Sheffield.

Then, in December, he plans to travel to Istanbul to compete in international competition.

The youngster aspires to be an Olympic athlete, however, a lack of sponsorship means he has to compliment his hectic training and competition schedule with a full time job as a sales-assistant at Silverburn.

He has to fit five training sessions a week around work, and prior to that, school, which involves awakening at 5.15am three times a week, and two weekend workouts.

His travels have taken him all around Europe, to countries such as Slovenia, Germany and Luxembourg to compete, with the bill being footed by Jamie and his family, despite his success.

Mr Wright added: “My whole family has been really supportive but we all have to save up so I am able to get to these competitions and challenge myself.

“To really improve, I have to train full time”.

Jamie hopes to be able to do that, for four months at least, during an intensive training camp at Colorado Springs, in January.

There, he will be able to rub shoulders with many current Olympic athletes and giants of the sport.

“It will be four months where I can dedicate myself completely to the sport”, Jamie added, “I’ll be able to learn from some of the best in the world”.