An ice skater from Mansfield has been crowned as British champion - and is now seeking sponsorship to help him progress further in the sport.
Corey Spencer, 22, has been skating since the age of 12 and recently took the British adult free skating title at IceSheffield.
And having only just returned from a three-year break from the sport, Corey is now hoping his success will lead to greater things
He said: “I’d been living in Devon for a couple of years and there were no rinks I could use locally so I had an enforced break.
“Having competed since the age of 12 I wasn’t expecting to come back into it after a long lay-off and do so well but I was delighted to reach the technical mark needed. It was a very pleasant surprise.
“I was a bit nervous but really wanted to do well. It was also the first time my coach Suzanne Mantle had tutored a British champion so that was good, so I’d like to thank her and my other coach Gemma Kerry for all their hard work.”
Corey is also qualified as a NISA Level 2 Ice Skating Coach which sees him often coach members of LISC (Lammas Ice Skating Club).
He said: “I’ve used the rink at the Lammas Leisure Centre for years and they allow me a free pass to train there and use the gym.
“But it’s important I get the chance to use the bigger rinks too and they are in Nottingham and Sheffield.”
With that in mind, Corey is now keen to secure funding to help cover the costs of competing in the sport, which could in turn help open doors for him to compete internationally and even to coach in the sport as a career.
He said: “There is very little funding available and I have to cover all the costs myself, which isn’t easy and involves me having to save up quite a bit from what I earn in my full-time job.
“I want to do some international adult competitions but that will need quite a bit of funding, and seeing as I love coaching so much it’s my dream to be able to do it every day.
“It’s sometimes a hard sport to get people into, particularly boys and men as there is something of a stigma attached to it sometimes given the fact we’re in lycra and sequins, but it’s such an enjoyable sport to take part in.”
Corey is also working alongside the mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop, to help plan for an ice rink in the town during the winter that the public can use during the festive period.
If any individuals or businesses would like to help fund Corey in his attempts to progress in ice skating, they can contact him by phone at 07908 473019 or e-mail at email@example.com.
He added: “As well as my coaches I’d like to thank Everyone Active and Lammas Leisure Centre management for their support and sponsorship as part of the Everyone Active Sporting Champions Scheme, and my family and friends for their continued support.”