About Jennifer

Where it all began

From a little 3yr old girl standing under the table to a multiple-national champion and international silver medalist, read on to find out more about Jennifer and the start to her career.

During a 15 year competitive career, Jennifer represented Britain at National and International Championship level.

Jennifer saw Torvill and Dean in the World Professionals Championships in 1985 on television. This ignited the desire to learn to skate. She stood under the kitchen table saying “Mummy I want to do that." The sporting decision lay between gymnastics or ice skating and it's safe to say the latter won and the rest is history.

Jennifer Barnfield

Coaching and tuition

Jennifer's main coach was Joan Slater MBE, based at Altrincham Ice Rink. Training mainly at Altrincham and Deeside, Jennifer also trained at a variety of other ice rinks. These included Sheffield, Blackpool and Blackburn. With tight skating schedules due to the available ice time and gym training time being necessary, timetables were planned carefully between school runs for her son, Tobey. Coaches from all varieties of background contributed to Jennifer's skill set and style.

Joan, a Professional World Champion and British Ice Dance Champion, skated with her late husband John. Joan coached Jennifer from the tender age of 5 yrs old and she taught her the strong foundations of basic skating and technique. Alongside Joan and several other coaches, Jennifer had perfect guidance to the path of success with elegance, class, and in style!

Other coaches who contributed towards her successful competitive career were Mark Poole, Mike Fish, Keith Hudson (Dancing-On-Ice Coach), Karen Barber (Dancing-On-Ice Coach & Judge) and Jimmy Young.

National and International Championships titles:

  • British Ice Dance Champion 2005
  • Senior over 21’s Ice Dance Champion 2005
  • Welsh Senior Ice Dance Champion 2004 -2005
  • Scottish Senior Ice Dance Champion 2005
  • Scottish Senior over 21’s Ice Dance Champion 2005
  • British Adult Champion 2004-2004
  • International Synchronised Skating, Silver medalist.
Jennifer Barnfield
Quickstep Compulsory Dance

Style and Elegance

Jennifer was always the ‘one to watch’ when competing. Her competitive dresses, made by mum - Sheila, are renowned for their beautiful and elegant style. As styles changed over the years, the decoration moved from hundreds of sequins to thousands of Swarovski crystals. These are now the must-have decoration and Jennifer stood out of the crowd beautifully.

To find out more about Jennifer and her professional career and publicity click here.