Matthew Parr

Matt started skating at Whitley Bay age 7. He was dragged along to the rink when his sister seemed like a good idea for him to have a lesson with his first coach Jayne Taylor, to keep him occupied.

His inspiration was Alan Shearer, because of his passion and commitment to his sport (football!!)

His first performance on the ice was in an exhibition competition at Whitley Bay.

He says his worst fault, as a beginner was, not having any faults!

He played football and gymnastics as a youngster and managed to learn how to juggle, ride a unicycle, balance a chair on his chin and other strange circus skills!

Matt has one older sister, Danielle who is at Lancaster University, but the love of his life is his sausage dog...George!

Both of Matt's parents have always supported Matt, taking him to and from the rink and travelling the country for his career. In 2005 Matt moved to Dundee, where he now lives with his coaches Simon and Debi. Matt now trains on ice at Dundee Ice Arena 5 days a week and off ice 3 days.

Matt’s most embarrassing moment in skating is when he fell over at British Primary Championship as his name was called out.

His 1st international competition was Mladost Trophy in Croatia where he won age 11 and his personal best international result was his win at the Senior Mens event at Mid Atlantics, New York where he scored 164.94


2001 2nd Novice Men
2002 1st Primary Men
2003 1st Junior Men
2004 2nd Junior Men
2005 3rd Junior Men
2009 1st Senior Men
2010 1st Senior Men
2011 2nd Senior Men
2013 1st Senior Men

Matt’s plans for the future are to get fully fit and compete in the 2014 Olympics Games.



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