Ice skating coach Vicky Ogden has deservedly become a professional skater in this years Dancing on Ice with Coronation Street’s Andy Whyment, generally known as Kirk.
It is Vicky’s first year as an ‘on screen’ professional skater with ITV’s Dancing on Ice, although she has been involved with the show in many other ways for the last few years.
Vicky has lived in Milton Keynes from a very young age and attended Denbigh High School. Vicky started skating at Planet Ice, at the age of 6, and joined the NISA learn to skate program, SkateUK, and from there, her passion for skating began.
Her training and determination took her through local, national and international competition and onto becoming a coach and co-director of the International School of Skating at Planet Ice, where Vicky trains skaters of all levels including the NISA SkateUK Program, where she began, up to skaters competing at national and international levels.
After competing for over 12 years, as well as coaching, Vicky skated professionally for ice skating shows around the world and for several commercial TV productions. In 2008, Vicky appeared with Torvill and Dean in the opening number for ITV’s Dancing on Ice. She was also invited by Torvill and Dean to join all the stars of the show for the 2008 Dancing Ice Tour performing with fire as she skated on the ice. Last year Vicky was involved with the show, training with a celebrity as a reserve and taking part in the final professional group number to Bolero.
Vicky said: “Andy is such a kind and lovely person, not only does he give 100 per cent in our skating sessions he also brings jokes and humour, he’s a pleasure to work with, and he is making great progress.’
If you want to follow in Vicky’s footsteps, why not try it out for yourself. The NISA SkateUK program is a great introduction to ice skating for adults and children, courses at Planet Ice Milton Keynes are £60 for a six-week program, which consists of 1 group lesson per week with a fully qualified NISA coach. The next set of courses start from Saturday 3rd March, so contact Planet ice for further information on how you can join.