As part of our series of reports from our sponsored young people during the COVID-19 lockdown period, figure skater Lilian Musgrave & family let us know how the pandemic has altered her plans for the year and how she has adjusted to the restrictions:
Lilian has been working extremely hard during lockdown, she has been training using some off ice skates (which is basically skates on wheels). She has also been participating in off-ice jump lessons, ballet and acro during this time. All of which have been virtual with her coaches through zoom and FaceTime.
We have some really good news as yesterday we managed to drive to France – we were extremely nervous as we didn’t know if we would get through the borders – but by a miracle we were allowed in. The reason we have come to France is the fact the ice rinks in the UK are not open and when they do open in July the ice time will be extremely limited. The Amodio Academy is based in Vaujany. The Academy is run by Florent Amodio who is the 2011 European champion, a four-time French national champion, and the 2008 JGP Final champion. He has represented France at two Winter Olympics and opened up last week.
Lilian was able to get on the ice for the first time in 2 and half months today and for 2 hours which is amazing. We will put the money the foundation has given us towards Lilian’s training here. The cost to train is £1,500 euros per month so the sponsorship will go a long way and enable her to potentially train out here for the whole summer which is something that could never have been possible without your support.