Katie Rees – The 15-year-old taking the artistic world of roller skating by storm. . . As she prepares for Team GB action in Andorra
By Harry Corish
Katie Rees is looking to build on her newfound status as GBSA British Cadet Artistic Dance Champion as she now heads to the European Championships in Andorra to compete for Team GB at the end of this month.
The Welsh roller skater from Llantrisant won the championship, holding off tough competition in a tough field, to be crowned champion.
Rees has always loved roller skating, having started playing roller hockey. The 15-year-old then joined the Cardiff City Rollers Artistic Roller-Skating Club in 2018 and quickly fell in love with the sport, apparently having found her calling.
With her first attempt at the Championship in 2019, the youngster stole the show, finishing an impressive 3rd position. From that experience, Rees saw what was needed and worked incredibly hard to get to where she is today.
Rees’ love for the sport is contagious, she takes every opportunity to get out and skate. With the help of her parents, she traveled across the country to compete and hone her skills, alongside her coaches Tara Ivins, Alex Williams and Ella Thomas.
Figure roller skating is a sport that includes three main sub-disciplines including dance, original dance and free dance.
This year’s GB Skate Artististic Championships in Great Yarmouth saw 26 athletes in Katie’s category and the competition was always going to be tough.
The first 2 disciplines are compulsory dances that all skaters must perform and require skaters to be incredibly precise and technically correct. Rees’ hard work and determination paid off and she was 4 points clear in 1st place after her 2 stunning dances.
On the last day of the championships, the starting order for the free dance is in ascending order of total scores, which means Katie will skate last and will have to wait for 25 other skaters to perform!
Katie and her choreographer Ella had spent the past 12 months refining her routine and making it as technically challenging as possible, now was the time.
Flustered by nerves, but looking calm and professional, Katie skated beautifully and despite a stumble that cost her valuable points, she finished with a personal best, 3 points clear of 2nd place and became the British champion.