Verity Lewis is sitting eighth after the first qualification round of the ice hockey skills challenges at the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer. 

Athletes compete head-to-head in six skills and are awarded points based on progress through the knock-out rounds of each skill.

Despite notching a personal best of 21.53 in the opening round of the fastest lap, Lewis didn’t progress any further – losing to eventual finalist Su Yeon Eom of South Korea at the last 16 stage.

The second skill saw the competitors take on shooting accuracy and the 15-year-old from Berkshire won her opening round following a marathon sudden death shoot-out with Romania’s Diana-Alexandra Iuga.

Lewis eventually fell at the quarter-final phase to Italy’s Anita Muraro to sit in eighth place overnight and was delighted to finally get the chance to compete at the Youth Olympic Games.

“I felt really proud to wear the jersey at the start. When I first came out it dawned on me that it was really happening,” said Lewis.

“I was just staring at the target on each shot during the shoot-out, just hoping that the puck would go in. I was getting so close each time so was relieved to finally score and win.

“I’m feeling good about tomorrow and not too nervous. I’m hoping for a PB in the fastest shot but we’ve also got agility and puck control which are my best events.”