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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 January 2008, 13:22 GMT
GB skater set for France switch
Vanessa James
James is keen to link-up with French skater Yannick Bonheur
Britain's first black skating champion, Vanessa James, is poised to switch her allegiance and represent France.

The 2005 British Champion wants to link-up with French skater Yannick Bonheur after the relationship with her current partner did not work out.

Keith Horton, general secretary for the National Ice Skating Association said: "We'll be sorry to lose her.

"Vanessa has only skated with us for a few years, but the relationship with her partner wasn't working."

Horton added: "She was looking for another partner and we tried to assist her by searching for one here in Britain.

"However our understanding is she has linked-up with the skater in France, but as yet we haven't heard anything from the French federation.

"We fully understand that she is ambitious and we wish her well."

The Canadian-born USA resident holds a British passport through her Bermudan father and first skated with Bonheur in a gala last year.

The French skater is a three-time national champion and was placed 14th at the 2006 Winter Olympics with his former partner Marylin Pla.


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