WATCH: Young Doncaster GB ice skater, 10, practices her moves on frozen puddle
This is the heart-warming moment a young Doncaster ice skater devastated at missing her lessons due to lockdown found a new way to practice – on a huge frozen puddle.
Ruby Ransford, 10, who has represented Great Britain has been unable to get her skates on with ice rinks being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But the intrepid youngster, who ‘lives, eats and sleeps skating’ according to her proud mum – was undeterred – and the recent freezing conditions have helped to create her very own outdoor ice rink.
Laura, who lives just outside Bawtry said: “Every day she’s been saying ‘can we find some ice mummy’ and every puddle she’s seen was frozen.”
And when they found a vast frozen puddle in a field between Bawtry and Finningley, they realised it was ideal to get her skates back on and back on the ice.
The thin layer of ice was ideal for Ruby, who attends Hill House School to practice her axels and toe loops, alongside her sister Grace.
Added Laura: “She saw skating on the TV on Dancing on Ice and told us she could do it and begged us to take her for two years.
"So when she was five, we booked her on few lessons at The Dome.
"She was only there a few weeks until we were told she needed to go to Sheffield, passing her first skating qualifications in just a matter of months.
Ruby joined the GB Young Stars squad last year before progressing to the development squad and has represented Great Britain in Andorra as well as competing in Latvia.
Added Laura: “She’s now basic novice level and is working on getting her double jumps constantly.
"She lives, eats and sleeps skating, getting up normally six days a week at 4.30 to train for a few hours before school on the ice
"We bought a synthetic ice rink for home but it’s just not the same as the real thing.”
WARNING: As the puddle is only a few centimetres deep, it is perfectly safe to skate on, but people should stay away from frozen lakes and ponds in Doncaster.