Barrow boy (6) gets his skates on to pursue Winter Olympics dream
A SIX-year-old ice skater is hoping to one day emulate gold medallists Torvill and Dean by competing at the Winter Olympics.
Tyla Redhead, from Barrow-Upon-Humber, has idolised the legendary skaters since he first stepped on the ice at the age of three.
Now his coach is tipping him for Winter Olympics glory – if he keeps training as hard as he is now.
And his sister Tiana-Mai, 5, is also skating for success.
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Despite neither of his parents knowing how to skate, Tyla has taken to the sport incredibly quickly and is already looking to compete in the future.
Tyla, a pupil at Goxhill Primary School, travels with his family to Hull Arena for practice three times a week.
And coach Vikki Wilson, one of the region's top ice skaters, said he was years ahead of where he should be at his age.
"He definitely has the potential to be a national star," she said. "He works so hard – he doesn't stop."
Tyla has already passed his National Ice Skating Association gold level qualifications – and will soon be taking part in competitions.
Now he is coming in for lessons at 6am before going to school.
Donna Redhead, 37, Tyla's mother, said: "He was three when he first started and we took him for something to do before he started school for the first time.
"He just came alive on the ice and there was something about it for him. We got him a private lesson to see how he did and it just progressed from there.
"Tyla loves Dancing On Ice and is dying to start competitions himself.
"Ice skating is not that common for people his age.
"After watching London 2012, he has said that he wants to compete at the Winter Olympics one day.
"We went to go and watch the European Championships last year in Sheffield, and he likes the idea of pairs skating, like Torvill and Dean. He totally idolises them."
Tyla said: "I want to be on Dancing On Ice one day and I think I am good enough to do it. I like Torvill and Dean the most and ice skating is my favourite sport.
"I also want to be in the Winter Olympics, because it would be a special achievement."
After Tyla took up the sport, his younger sister Tiana-Mai chose to follow in his footsteps and is fast becoming an equally talented skater.
Her mother, Donna, said: "Because he was doing it so often it soon became the case that his sister wanted to do it as well.
"Tiana-Mai loves her skating. We think she could be just as good as Tyla."