Duo fight back to bag bronze

Streatham ice dancers Ashlie Slatter and Atl Ongay-Perez won bronze at the Hungarian Halloween Cup 2019 in Budapest.

The duo, who train under Diane Towler-Green and the ex-British champion skater’s daughters Candi and Pipper at Streatham Ice Rink, were the youngest in their class.

The tough competition was provided them with a tough test for their new season’s routines.

Streatham ice dancers Ashlie Slatter and Atl Ongay-Perez

Their starting point for the first pattern dance, the fourteen step put them in fifth place.

They improved for the second pattern dance, the Tango, where they came third.

They also made third place in their free dance for the overall bronze medal against quality opponents from countries with stronger dance traditions like Russia and Germany.

Ashlie’s mum Caroline van Issum said: “Despite their initial performance they managed to overcome the tensions and achieve a podium position.

“They have time to polish their dances for forthcoming international competitions in the first half of the season in Riga and Andorra.

“Given their young ages, their performances suggest there are more improvements to come as they become more experienced with the pressures of competing at this level.

“Their coaches were pleased with the result and how they had the courage to fight back and recover.”

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