Skater Chloe, 11, sets sights on Olympic Games

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A dedicated ice dancer has set her sights on the Olympics after skating to success in a nationwide contest.

Youngster Chloe Hodkin, a pupil at Mexborough Academy, is hoping to skate her way to the very top after impressing at an international competition in London.

And the 11-year-old believes she has what it takes to make to the pinnacle of sporting achivement - the Olympic Games.

Chloe clinched runners-up spot in the contest held at the capital’s Lee Valley Ice Centre and said: “I want to skate in the Olympics. That’s always been my aim and I’m determined to get there.”

Year Seven pupil Chloe’s impressive display in London follows a gold-medal winning performance in Hull and other promising displays across the country this year.

The youngster, who gets up at 4.40am four mornings a week to enable her to have lessons at Ice Sheffield’s international rink, has been skating since she was six.

Mum Caroline Pears said: “She learned at Ice Sheffield and has gone on from there.”

Caroline, dad Shaun Hodkin and nan Joyce Bird travelled to watch Chloe in her latest display.

She performed various disciplines, including sit spins, before a one minute 32 second routine, which she developed with her coach Margaret O’Neill.

Caroline added: “We’re just really pleased for her. The hard work is paying off. You always hope she’ll end up on the podium but you never know. We’re very proud of her achievements. It costs a lot of money and there’s a huge amount of dedication from all of us to be up early but it’s worth it when you see her skate so well.”

Richard Wood, head teacher at Mexborough Academy congratulated Chloe and said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we’re all delighted for her and her family.”

“Chloe’s an inspiration to others. She’s up while most of us are fast asleep to train yet she’s always on time to the academy and ready to learn.

“We’ll do what we can to encourage and support her fulfil her dreams.”