Elena Komova from ISS Coventry competed at the Junior Grand Prix event in Chelyabinsk in September of this year.
 
This was Elena’s first international event and her coach Phil Harris’ first international event as a coach after retiring from competing.
 
At 13 years of age Elena was not only the youngest girl to represent Great Britain on the Junior Grand Prix circuit this season, but one of the youngest competitors across all the Junior Grand Prix events.
 
The Junior Grand Prix in Chelyabinsk was a sellout crowd of nearly 8,000 people, which is unheard of for one of these events, so it was really special to be there.
 
Elena performed not without mistakes, but showed her potential for the future and coped very well under the pressure and the atmosphere of a large crowd, finishing a respectable 23rd out of 30 in a field of extremely high level skating.
 
“The event was organised on the level of a World Championships so it was a fantastic experience for Elena. Phil Harris her coach went on to say “As a coach I am proud of how she held herself together and performed over both days in this environment.”
 

Phil and Elena are now preparing for the British championships in November. Good luck!