Ice skating star spotted at three

Kiera has been selected for the Nottingham ice skating academy
Kiera has been selected for the Nottingham ice skating academy

A POTENTIAL ice-skating star from Langley Mill has been spotted at the tender age of just three.

Little Kiera Davis Hita has been invited to join the Junior Figure Skating Academy at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.

She made her debut appearance in front of crowds of people this Christmas when she appeared in The Nutcracker on Ice.

The toddler joined other children from the junior academy who all appeared in the show as different coloured jelly beans.

Kiera from Langley Mill took her first steps on the ice when she was just 18-months-old at a parent and toddler group. Taking the lead from her mother, she quickly picked up the basics and was soon able to take to the ice unassisted.

Her mum, Melie Hita Bote, said: “Kiera isn’t yet four but she can walk on the ice by herself, turn around and do balance exercises including touching her head, shoulders, knees and toes.

“It’s ironic, because the first day I took her to the arena, she didn’t want to get on the ice.

“I left her with my husband, while I did a few circuits but when I came back, she was waiting with her arms outstretched ready to go on the ice! She has enjoyed it ever since.”

The auditions at the National Ice Centre are usually for children aged four- to six-years-old.

“She had to attend the audition in the dance studio on her own, which must have been quite daunting, but the Academy must have liked what they saw as she was selected,” said Melie.

“We are very proud of her achievement and she absolutely loves attending the sessions.”

But Melie laughed off suggestions that Kiera could become a champion skater.

She said: “At the moment, it’s something that she loves to do and I hope she continues to enjoy it and learns an amazing and beautiful sport.”

Kiera goes to Grangemount Nursery and Junior School in Ockbrook.

Headteacher Sue Worthington said: “We’re all very excited to learn more about Kiera’s performance in the ‘Kingdom of the Sweets’. Perhaps we’re looking at the next Jane Torvill!”

Being part of the academy involves two sessions a week both on and off the ice – the latter with a choreographer and a ballet instructor.