Figure skaters Zoe Wilkinson and Christopher Boyadji will be skating together and have their sights set on the British and international success.
Christopher Boyadji announced the end of his partnership with Amani Fancy in January 2016 after enjoying two years as the top UK ranking Senior Pair pair. Soon afterwards he put out a statement that he was looking for a new skating partner and Swindon based Zoe, who lives in Purton, responded replied.
Boyadji said: “After skating with Zoe for a few hours, I wanted to skate with her more. I knew that as she had a family she would not be able to move home, so I went to Swindon to spend a week skating with her, and to see the facilities there.
“The next week I packed up my bags and moved to Swindon where we now train together at Link Centre which is managed by GLL. We are very grateful for all their support.”
Zoe, 36, enjoyed a successful skating career in the early 2000s, being crowned British Senior Champion in 2000 and 2001, as well as competing in European and World Championships. She retired from skating in 2001 to start a family, and now has three children as well as a decade of coaching under her belt.
She made her return to the ice in 2014 because she knew she had much more to offer both artistically and competitively. Within three months of her return, she won the ISU Adult Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany, and she placed second at the 2015 British Senior Championships. Zoe said: “I’ve always wanted to skate pairs, and have that person alongside you for training and through the ups and downs. When I sent a message to Chris I never expected a reply, never mind to end up being his new partner. We are both very excited going into the new season and can’t wait to see what it brings.”
The pair will make their debut at the IJS Sheffield competition at the end of August. They have expressed their ambition to become the British Senior Champions this season, and hope to be selected to compete at the European and World Championships in 2017.