SOLIHULL skater Sarah Lines took a brilliant gold medal at the British Adult Championships in Sheffield last weekend.
Sarah and three team-mates from Solihull Figure Skating Club - Carol Billings, Sarah Carter and Edwina Lewis - were among 130 competitors bidding for national titles.
Lines, aged 45, took gold for singles free skating and a silver medal for solo dance.
“I skated from the ages of eight to 18. I stopped for 24 years and came back again at 42. So I’ve been skating for three and half years,” said a thrilled Lines.
Billings won silver in the singles Pre-Bronze Class 2 free skating category, Carter took silver in singles Silver Class 1 free skating and Lewis finished eighth in the Exhibition General category.
Coach Stuart Bell trains the skaters in free skating, Lynn Burton coaches solo dance, and Tina Tedder-Graham coaches Edwina Lewis.
A delighted Stuart said: “All three ladies achieved their goals and skated without errors, and the results took care of themselves.
“They all worked really, really hard.
“For Edwina and Carol it was the first championship they had done in about 20 years. They all deserve the success they got.
“Last year was the first time I put competitors into the British Adult Championships and I’ve got five people with medals for this year and last.
“For Sarah Carter it was the first medal she got for skating at championship level.”
Keith Horton, chief executive of the National Ice Skating Association, said: “Competition for the podium places was fierce, but everyone involved had an enjoyable time.
“The championships is now an important date within the British skating calendar.”