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Ice skaters attending next week’s skate camp at The Blue Ice Plaza Complex in Solihull will get the chance to see a genuine Olympic torch.

17 year old Ali Abdillah, who carried the torch through Coventry in the Olympic relay, will show off his torch on the first day of the Solihull Summer Skate Camp 2012 on Sunday 12 August at 5.30pm.

Running until 17 August, the ice skating training event is open to all ages and hosted by coaches of international repute including current British Champion David Richardson, current and 8x British champion Jenna McCorkell, plus European medallist Kevin van der Perren.

Each day skaters of all ages and abilities take on-ice classes beginning with edge work and progress to jump techniques and spins by the end of the week. The ice work is complemented by daily off-ice classes including warm up and cool down sessions, stretching and strength conditioning. An hour of dance and posture training will also be led each day by a professional dance teacher.

Ice Rink manager Stuart Cummings said: “The summer camp has returned thanks to popular demand and the appearance of the Olympic torch is going to make the event extra special. For many this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a torch so we expect the Blue Ice Plaza to become a real hive of excitement over the next few days.

“It will also be a pleasure to meet the inspirational Ali, a Somalian asylum seeker who now lives in Nuneaton. When he was fostered at the age of 13 he could barely speak English but he has now achieved nine GCSEs and was recently signed for Coventry City Football Club’s academy.”

Places at the Summer Skating Camp are limited and have been sold on a first come first serve basis. Week long tickets cost £330 and single day camp attendance is also available. The camp is open for skaters to skates of all ages and abilities.