A pair of Rickmansworth sisters are overcoming the odds as their burgeoning figure skating careers take flight.
According to their coaches, both Sienna Osbourne, 13, and Blu-Belle Johnson, nine, “live to be on ice”.
Sienna has at times struggled with anxiety, but this has not held her back as she has accelerated to become one of the finest figure skaters of her age in the country.
Last year, she broke into the nation’s top 25 ranking, and in March she won gold in the prestigious Young Stars competition.
Coaches Carly and Sam Elliot said: “Not only is it an achievement to enter competitions, but to win after only one season of experience is a huge achievement. Skaters generally at these competitions are training every day, whereas Sienna has achieved this at three times a week.”
Meanwhile, Blu-Belle has followed in her sister’s footsteps, with her “passion for the ice clear for everyone to see”.
Blu-Belle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few years ago, but she is determined not to let it get in the way of her success.
At Young Stars, Blu-Belle also claimed gold when she scored an “unheard of” personal best of 19.77, with skaters usually expecting to score between nine and 10.
Parents Rebeccah and Greg said: “Both girls have been dealt some tough cards and they have shown us that no matter what comes your way, you can always follow your dreams. We are incredibly proud of our girls and excited for the future.”
The family and their coaches are on the lookout for financial support from sponsorships in order for the girls to realise their full potential.
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