Dance club

Medway Roller Dance Club wins big at GB Artistic Dance Championships

A skating club has won several national titles in a sports competition.

The Medway Roller Dance Club has seen eight skaters compete in the GB Artistic Roller Dance Championships in various categories.

The club at the GB Artistic Roller Dance Championships. Image: Medway Roller Dance

Coach Lisa Howard said: “We are all extremely proud of our skaters and our club. All of them ended their events with some amazing free dances. They are all still a bit high.”

Their youngest skater, Leo Whiten, 13, won a silver medal in the Hope men’s solo dance and was joined by Joshua Clarke, 14, who won silver in the junior men’s solo dance.

Paul Cuthbert and Joanne Malyon finished 6th and 8th in the Masters Championship for over 40 years, but went on to take first place in the recurve pairs event.

Cameron Arnold, 16, received the title of Young Ladies Solo Dance Champion and a trophy for her outstanding performance in roller dance.

This is the first time that such a trophy has been awarded and the other member Joshua was a finalist.

From left to right: Coach Lisa Howard, Coach Vic Pratt, Cameron Arnold, Coach Victoria Jefferson and Head Coach Jennifer Barker.  Image: Medway Roller Dance
From left to right: Coach Lisa Howard, Coach Vic Pratt, Cameron Arnold, Coach Victoria Jefferson and Head Coach Jennifer Barker. Image: Medway Roller Dance
Paul Cuthbert and Joanne Malyon (middle) won first prize in the Classic Couples event.  Image: Medway Roller Dance
Paul Cuthbert and Joanne Malyon (middle) won first prize in the Classic Couples event. Image: Medway Roller Dance
Leo Whiten (left) placed 2nd in the men's solo dance Hope.  Image: Medway Roller Dance
Leo Whiten (left) placed 2nd in the men’s solo dance Hope. Image: Medway Roller Dance

It wasn’t just the skaters who won, but club president and coach Vic Pratt also presented an honor roll award for his 40+ years of dedication to the sport.

The other competitors were Charlotte Cuthbert and Elizabeth Busby, 14, who placed 9th and 10th in the Cadet Ladies solo dance and Ruby Robb, 18, who placed 12th in the Junior Ladies solo dance for her classic style four. swims and free dance.

The club will now train for next year’s championships which will be held in May after this year’s one was delayed.

The competition took place over three days between October 29 and 31 at the Brentwood Center in Essex and saw the contestants perform two fixed pattern dances and one free dance.

Cameron Arnold (right) received the Ron Gibbs Memorial for his outstanding performances.  Image: Medway Roller Dance
Cameron Arnold (right) received the Ron Gibbs Memorial for his outstanding performances. Image: Medway Roller Dance
Joshua Clarke (left) placed 2nd in the cadet male solo dance.  Image: Medway Roller Dance
Joshua Clarke (left) placed 2nd in the cadet male solo dance. Image: Medway Roller Dance
Club coaches pictured with skaters.  Image: Medway Roller Dance
Club coaches pictured with skaters. Image: Medway Roller Dance

The club offers walk-in sessions every Saturday at the Woodlands Community Sports Center in Woodlands Road, Gillingham, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You can contact the club via its website.

It has welcomed members since 1949 and now offers rollerblading, dancing and free skating sessions.