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|1998 Junior and
Roller Skating Championships
Pictures and Editorial
by Jill and Louise Manchester
|The Championships were held in Pacos de
Ferriera, Portugal from 31st August to 5th September 1998. The British Team consisted of 16 skaters,
10 coaches, 1 judge, 1 vice chairperson of CEPA and a team manager
The first two days were devoted to practice with the competitions starting
early on Wednesday morning with the Junior Ladies Figures. Although our ladies were well
down the field their marks were nothing to be ashamed of and both gained valuable
experience in their first appearances in Junior Championships
||The opening ceremony was held on Wednesday evening and was
much enjoyed by everyone in the packed sports hall. The British team gave a splendid
rendition of "God Save the Queen" and were loudly applauded for their efforts!!
Thursday morning saw the Senior Ladies skating their figures. A special
mention should go to Alex Orford who was skating in her first European Championships at
the ripe old age of 20 and gave a very creditable performance.
On Thursday evening Tom Mannion gave a brilliant display in
his Short Free Programme. Despite being drawn first he led the competition until the final
|Our Junior Dance Champions, Peter Cade and Vienna McMahon
also led their competition after the compulsory dances and the O.S.P.
Friday was a very tense time for skaters and spectators in the British camp
but the skaters proved to be equal to the challenge. Tom took the bronze in the Junior
Mens Free and Peter and Vienna took the gold in the Junior Dance. No one can
remember ever seeing Tom with such a huge grin and you would think that Peter and Vienna
had never won anything before ,such was their delight. No one could remember the last time
the Union Jack was used twice in a European Championships.!! It was brilliant!!
||Saturday was not such a good day for our skaters but later
everyone enjoyed the fun and relaxation of the closing ceremony and then they all put on
their glad rags and headed off for an evening of fun at a local night-spot.
The entire team enjoyed their week in Portugal and special thanks must go to
Keith Salter for his excellent job as team manager, and to all the coaches and parents for
their continued support , both moral and financial.
Roll on Germany 1999 !!!