Britain's first black skating champion, Vanessa James, is poised to switch her allegiance and represent France.
James is keen to link-up with French skater Yannick Bonheur
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.