Injury is no barrier for ice queen

Abigail Stewart
Abigail Stewart

Uddingston figure skater Abigail Stewart shrugged off injury to win her first competition of the season on Monday.

Hoping to build on her five podium places last season, including victory in Oxford in November, the Muiredge Primary pupil took to the ice in Bradford.

However, during warm up the 10-year-old was in the middle of a hydro glide (a very low backwards move) when another skater crashed into her causing Abigail to land and smash her face against the ice.

She was taken to the first aid room to be treated for a large lump on her head and a burst lip.

Abigail was asked if she wanted to continue with her skate or withdraw from the competition, but showed her determination by returning to the ice and wowed the judges by achieving first place.

Abigail started skating two years ago and has worked through her Skate UK badges with coach Silvanna Cameron at East Kilbride Ice Figure Skating Club.

Abigail’s parents, John and Sharon, couldn’t be more proud of their little trooper.

They have been putting in the hours too, ferrying her to East Kilbride Ice Rink for lessons at 6.30am on Thursdays and Fridays, Saturday mornings and Monday nights.

Silvanna said: “I am delighted with Abigail’s skating and encourage her to keep practicing and working hard.”