David Richardson 'ready' to retire from figure skating
Former British figure skating champion David Richardson has said it was "the right time" to retire, after 13 years of competitive appearances.
The 27-year-old, who announced his decision to retire earlier this month, peaked in 2010-11 with his British Championships success in Sheffield.
The Nottingham-based Tynesider's last success was gold at the Golden Bear event in Zagreb in 2013.
"I've achieved most goals I wanted to," Richardson told BBC Newcastle.
"It was time to go, I will miss the performance side definitely but not the training even slightly."
Along with current British men's champion Matthew Parr, Richardson has represented north east skating at a national level and hopes his hometown rink in Whitley Bay can continue to produce new talent.
"Myself and the current British men's champion both started at Whitley Bay," added Richardson, who will remain involved in skating with show appearances and coaching.
"There's definitely a breeding ground there and you've got to hope they find the right coach and get the nurturing to develop the skills they need to reach the top."