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Ice show judges' special role for skate ace Freya

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 17, 2011

  • ICE ACTION: Skater Freya Gidman under audition at an Ice Factor Competition at Plymouth Pavilions

  • JUDGE: Robin Cousins with skaters Hannah Rahman, Cleo Goodwin, Freya Gidman and Jack O'Sullivan

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ICE show judges were so impressed with a Torquay skater they have created a new role in their production.

Freya Gidman, eight, and pairs partner Jack O'Sulivan from Plymouth were among two dozen contestants trying to win a slot in the Holiday on Ice's new Tropicana show.

The contestants performed a short routine in front a panel of judges which included Robin Cousins.

With just the first prize up for grabs, Freya and her partner came second, but judges were so impressed that they came up with a role for them, too.

They will now perform at Westpoint in Exeter in February.

Freya's mum, Deborah Gidman, from Torquay said: "They had to prepare a one-and-a-half minute routine. The judges said they were so impressed that they would give them a spot as well.

"Freya was so pleased. We didn't think she would be in the show coming second. It was a great surprise."

Robin Cousins said: "There was a huge amount of talent taking part. Several of the skaters were good enough to have the potential to join a professional skating show like Holiday on Ice when they are older".

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