Representing Great Britain
Hugh Brabyn-Jones Bio
Welcome to my website! My name is Hugh Brabyn-Jones. I am 18 years old, train in Montreal and compete for Great Britain internationally.
I was born in Ottawa, in March of 1997. I started skating at age 3, and began working on figure skating skills at age 5, at my local club. I continued skating throughout all of primary school, then went to a sports school close to Ottawa for 7th grade. At the beginning of high school, in 9th grade, I became more focused and driven by the skating, and ended up doing half of a day at school and half of a day at skating. This continued until the end of 10th grade, when I moved to Montreal.
Following my move to a new training centre and new coaches, I continued to represent my club in Ottawa and had a very successful year as a Canadian. It was capped off by skating in my home town at Nationals, in January of 2014, and not only getting a new Personal Best Score but also managing to pull up 6 spots from the short to finish 6th overall.
After that, I switched countries and began representing Great Britain in the summer of 2014.
Moving up to Senior
While my last year Junior might have not been exactly what I wanted, I still came away from it with some incredible experiences. For starters, representing my country in Colorado Springs, USA, for the Junior Grand Prix there, was amazing. The competition was life changing; skating on the same ice as skaters who compete at the European Championships gave me a realistic idea of what I need to be accomplishing in practice consistently.
Coming off of a 2nd place finish at Junior Nationals (up 1 spot from 3rd in 2014), I was supposed to compete in Poland in the New Year, but decided to withdraw and focus on going Senior. Two new programs, that I’m very excited to perform for the first time at the Triglav Trophy, as well as working on the bigger jumps and refinement of the easier ones, seemed much more important to me than one last Junior competition.
At this time, we’re not sure exactly which other competitions I’ll be doing, but I should be in Boston for the Colonial Open again, like last year, and should also be adding Detroit to my calendar for July. I’m very excited for my first year Senior, to perform my two new solos, and to enjoy this season!
|Sep 2014||18th||ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Nov 2014||3rd||British Championships||Sheffield, UK|
|Dec 2014||5th||Santa Claus Cup||Budapest, Hungary|
|Apr 2015||2nd||Triglav Trophy||Jesenice, Slovenia|
|May 2015||1st||Colonial Open||Boxborough, MA, USA|
|Aug 2015||2nd-S||Minto Summer Skate||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Aug 2015||5th-S 3rd-F||Quebec Summer Championships||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Aug 2015||1st||NISA August IJS||Sheffield, UK|
|Sep 2015||12th||ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating||Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA|
|Oct 2015||3rd||Skate Canada Autumn Classic International||Barrie, Ontario, Canada|
|Dec 2015||2nd||British Championships||Sheffield, UK|
|Mar 2016||8th||Triglav Trophy||Jesenice, Slovenia|
|May 20-22, 2016||Colonial Open||Boxborough, MA, USA|
|July 19-23, 2016||Skate Detroit||Detroit, MI, USA|
|August, 2016||Quebec Summer Championships||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|August 20-26, 2016||NISA August IJS||Sheffield, UK|
|Nov 29 – Dec 4, 2016||British Championships||Sheffield, UK|
Thank you to sponsors
I want to thank all of my sponsors, corporate and personal, who have helped, in some way or another, to pay for my passion. Almost all of the costs of going to Slovenia this April were paid for by the money that I received. Every single one of those people is so generous, and I thank you for your continuing support! It really means the world to me.
To all my corporate sponsors: a big thank you for understanding the financial strains, and I am proud to say that I somehow have a connection with you.
Peak Sportswear (Ottawa) has made all of my costumes and skating pants.
A big thank you to MK Blades, for providing me with a pair of their Phantoms. I switched to them this year and have found a notable difference in overall ease of skating!
Studio B (Ottawa) continues to be my favorite hair salon on the planet.
Mansfield Gym in Brossard (Montréal) is a super facility…I actually enjoy doing my cardio workout there!
Ottawa Instrumentation Limited has a great international reputation for the instruments that they make.
A big thank you to Assurances Morency Insurance Inc, situated just outside of Ottawa, for their help. I’m so appreciative to have such a genuine, caring company as one of my sponsors! Thank you again.
Next, a big thank you to the Sterling Ford dealership in Ottawa. They’ve given us such good service over the last few years, and the fact that they helped with the costs to compete in England and the U.S.A. is really generous, and much appreciated!
Last, but not least, I want to thank Dodge Ink Inc. for not only designing my website, but for their continuing sponsorship. I don’t feel it necessary to compliment their work, seeing as you can see the incredible end result for yourself right now! However, I will say that they have done a lot more than they needed to, and I am beyond grateful for everything that they’ve done for me.
Once again, thank you all. This coming year is going to be one to remember!