Olympic skater appointed as Pleasure Beach head coach

Robin Duke

Six-time British figure skating champion and former Hot Ice star Joanne Conway has been appointed head coach at the Pleasure Beach Arena in Blackpool.

Conway leads a coaching team that includes Hot Ice’s David Walsingham – a former British competitor with nine years coaching experience – as deputy head coach, as well as dance specialist John Dunn from Hot Ice, Tammy Sear-Watkins, also in Hot Ice and John McCarrick, Hot Ice company manager, who boasts more than 14 years in the coaching business.

Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson said: “Her coaching ability will give others the opportunity to learn the art of skating first hand from a true professional. I hope to see many people signing up for classes at the Arena to benefit from Jo and the team’s expertise.”

Conway is the most successful female figure skater Britain has produced. She won her first international gold medal in 1984 in Vienna aged 13, competed in European and Olympic championships and featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest British sporting competitor.

She retired from competitive skating in 1992 and moved into broadcasting. Her credits include Pebble Mill, Radio Five Live and GMTV. She appeared in Hot Ice for Stageworks Worldwide Productions in 1996.

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