Gunning for the Games

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A rising ice skating star is determined to make the Winter Games cut at a competition in Queenstown this weekend. 

Chris Boyd, 18, is one of two locals hitting the Ice Arena for the third annual Queenstown Invitational Ice Figure Skating Champion­­ships, held on Saturday and Sunday. 

Veteran Loris Mills will compete in the adult silver ladies category. 

The Queenstown event will mark Boyd’s first performance as a senior man. And he’s hoping to impress Winter Games selectors who’ll be tracking his results. 

“He’s up for consideration and he hopes to be selected with his performance in this competition,” Chris’ mum Gill says. 

Boyd, who has a raft of national age group titles to his name, represented New Zealand at the 2009 Winter Games. 

The Christchurch IT student was planning to take his last spin on international ice as a junior at a figure skating contest in Italy in March but was forced to pull the pin when February’s earthquake disrupted his schedule. 

Then he caught pneumonia when training in Auckland under his new coach, former British champ Michael Aldred.
“He had to withdraw,” Gill says. 

“He came home when the earthquake happened because he was downtown and was a bit traumatised by it all – because of the death and destruction that he saw.” 

A total 33 figure skaters – from beginners to seniors – are coming from as far as Auckland for the Queenstown invitational competition this weekend