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Phillip Poole (born 24 June 1981 in Windsor) is a multi-medal winning English ice dancer and ice dance coach.

Phillip Poole
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Phillip Poole & Phillipa Towler-Green at the European Championships 2007
Personal information
Full namePhillip Christopher Poole
Country represented Great Britain
Born (1981-06-24) 24 June 1981 (age 38)
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Home townWindsor, Berkshire
ResidenceLondon
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
PartnerPhillipa Towler-Green
Charlotte Clements
CoachDiane Towler
ChoreographerMichael Stylianos
Skating clubStreatham Club, London
RetiredDecember 2009
ISU personal best scores
Combined total136.67
2004 Nebelhorn
Comp. dance26.14
2004 Nebelhorn
Original dance43.70
2009 Worlds
Free dance68.56
2008 Europeans

Competitive careerEdit

Phillip Poole's skating career began in 1986[1] at the age of five and he competed at his first British Championships in 1991. In the 1990s he was the British champion in novice-level single skating. He was also the champion in intermediate-level solo ice dancing before commencing his couples ice dance career.

With his second partner, Charlotte Clements, Poole became the 2002 British bronze medalist on the senior level. The following year he teamed up with Phillipa Towler-Green and was coached by former World Champion, Diane Towler. Poole and Towler-Green were the 2005-2008 British silver medalists and the 2004 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalists.

Poole and Towler-Green represented Great Britain at the European Figure Skating Championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In March 2009, they competed at the World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, representing Great Britain alongside Sinead Kerr and John Kerr.

Between 2001-2009, Poole was a member of the British Olympic squad.

ResultsEdit

(with Phillipa Towler-Green)

Results[2]
International
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
World Championships 23rd
European Championships 20th 23rd 18th
Finlandia Trophy 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd 7th 9th 12th 9th
Ondrej Nepela Memorial 5th
National
British Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd

(with Charlotte Clements)

Competition Level Year Placement
British Championships Senior 2002 3rd

(as a single skater)

Competition Level Year Placement
British Championships Primary 1993 1st
British Championships Novice 1992 1st

[citation needed]

(as a solo ice dancer)

Competition Level Year Placement
British Championships Intermediate 1998 1st

[citation needed]

Coaching careerEdit

Phillip Poole has been an accredited National Ice Skating Association coach since 1999 and has taught at Slough and Alexandra Palace ice rinks. Since 2009 he has taught at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex in Bracknell, Berkshire, where he is a full-time coach.

Achievements of skaters coached by Poole in solo ice dance:

Competition Level and discipline Year Placement
British Championships Pre-novice Men's 2010 1st
British Championships Novice Men's 2010 1st
British Championships Senior Ladies 2010 2nd
British Championships Senior Men's 2010 1st
British Championships Senior Ladies 2009 1st
British Championships Intermediate Men's 2009 1st
British Championships Novice Men's 2008 2nd
British Championships Intermediate Ladies 2007 2nd
British Championships Junior Men's 2007 3rd
British Championships Primary Men's 2006 2nd
British Championships Novice Men's 2005 2nd
British Championships Primary Men's 2000 1st

(in couples ice dance)

Competition Level Year Placement
British Championships Novice 2003 2nd

Other workEdit

 
Detail of Inspiration on Ice promotional banner

A young Poole is featured in 1998's The Young Ice Skater and Dorling-Kindersley's Superguides: Ice Skating (2000) books, where he is illustrated demonstrating moves and positions on the ice.

In 2006 Poole and Towler-Green starred at Somerset House's New Year's Eve extravaganza, televised live on BBC One, alongside stars including Jamelia, Natasha Kaplinsky and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

During series two of ITV's Dancing On Ice reality TV show in 2007, Poole and Towler-Green were the ice dancing couple who appeared in the DFS promotional sting in each edition.

In October 2010 Poole starred in the charity gala event Inspiration on Ice where he performed ice dance routines with Dr Charlotte Hawkins, a Harley Street consultant in aid of Cancer Research UK, following an intensive 9-month training programme to take her from beginner level through to capable ice dancer. The event was hosted by Nicky Slater and Christopher Biggins, and also featured Poole's own ice dancers and other members of Bracknell Ice Skating Club.

Phillip played the role of Prince Charming in the 2010 Bracknell ice pantomime, Cinderella on Ice and between 2010-11 he was the stand-in male pro skater for series 6 of Dancing on Ice with his celebrity partner, Faye Tozer, from Steps.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dobor, Helga (2005). "Interview with the British Icedancers James and Phillip and their Towler-Green girls". Absolute Skating.
  2. ^ "Competition Results: Phillipa TOWLER-GREEN / Phillip POOLE". International Skating Union.

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