Sheffield figure skater Peter Hallam hits the ice at the World Championship in Japan this week

Sheffield-born Peter James ‘PJ’ Hallam is set to compete at the World Figure Skating Championships this week in Saitama, Japan.

He is representing Great Britain along with Scottish skaters Lewis Gibson and ladies solo skater Natasha McKay, among others.

Hallam, the second best skater in Britain according to ranking, reached the score that qualified him for the championship at the Challenge Cup in Holland in late February. British champion Graham Newberry did not qualify.

The now 23-year-old skater started practicing the sport at the age of 8 and now faces one of the biggest challenges of his life.

He recently told the Yorkshire Post about the times he used to skip school to skate as a kid, and that he had to quit college and take up a job in order to help his parents fund his passion for skating.

His qualification meant that Britain are able to send a full team to Japan with competitors in every category.

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