Spotlight on Billy

Billy Wilson French in Year 10

At just 14 years old Billy, a Year 10 pupil at Kettlethorpe, has won 6 British titles in both free skating and ice dance amassing 26 golds 3 silvers and 2 bronzes. He has qualified for the GBR development squad for both disciplines in 2016 and 2017 and represented his country at the NRW Dortmund placing 10th out of 19 in 2016.

He will continue on the international circuit in 2018 with his new partner Lucy Hancock. Their first competition will be Bavarian Open at the end of January in Oberstdorf, Germany and they will be training with world-renowned ice-dance coach James Young prior to this in Dortmund. Billy’s ultimate goal, however, is to compete at the World Championships and the Olympics.

Billy was chosen to perform at the Disney on Ice show in December 2017 at the arena in Sheffield, he appeared in the MK Blade advert on YouTube and has been nominated for the Youth Champion award in Barnsley.

He is coached by Dancing on Ice skater Mark Hanretty, Yebin Mok who skated for USA, Nancy Ambler for pattern dance and Kelly Buddery, a resident coach at Ice Sheffield. Billy trains early mornings and evenings 6 days a week staring his day at 4.50am at Ice Sheffield, he also trains at the Altrincham rink Saturday mornings with a start of 3.40am!

January 2018