Dancing On Ice star prepares for big Bracknell show
Published: 18 Jul 2013 16:300 comments
The dazzling skater - who has performed on the ITV show for nine seasons - says he is excited to be performing 'Heroes On Ice'
at the Bracknell centre's ice rink in September, in aid of Armed Forces charity Walking With The Wounded.
He will be joined by fellow celebrity skating pros Frankie Poultney, Maria Filippov, Mark Hanretty, Sylvain Longchambon and Vicky Ogden on the ice and is hopeful it will be a night to remember.
He said: "I'm really excited to be performing at John Nike, particularly as Frankie and I do a lot of our training there. It almost feels like a hometown audience for us and I can't wait to get out there and mingle with all the local skaters and families."
The 37-year-old added: "And I want to go down that ski slope! I've never done that. Maybe after the show!"
The six professionals will skate alongside amateurs from the Bracknell Ice Skating Club for two shows on Saturday, September 21.
Choreography is still in the concept stages but Matt added: "The numbers are going to be just as spectacular as they are on Dancing on Ice and we're hoping to do all-new material. We try to keep it as fresh as possible and there will be some surprises."
The show has been inspired by a three-way international race to Antarctica in November - the South Pole Allied Challenge - organised by Walking With The Wounded, which pays for training and education programmes for injured military personnel.
Servicemen and women from across the UK, USA and the Commonwealth who were injured while in Iraq or Afghanistan will take part in the race alongside Prince Harry, a patron of Walking With The Wounded.
Harry and his fellow adventurers face a 335km trek over 16 days, temperatures as low as -45° Celsius and 50mph winds.
Matt is delighted that he and his fellow skaters have the chance to help the charity and told the Midweek: "Both of my grandfathers and quite a few of my uncles were in the Armed Forces back in the States and more people that I've met here, in the UK, have been in the Forces.
"You just want to get behind them as much as you can. They support us and defend the free world, put their lives on the line for us, it only makes sense that we try and give back."
Tickets for Heroes On Ice, which will have shows at 3pm and 7pm, range from £10-£70.
To book, call John Nike Leisure Centre on 01344 78900 or see www.heroesonice2013.co.uk