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Joseph Buckland
Smart/Buckland in 2012
Personal information
Country representedUnited Kingdom
Born (1992-10-27) 27 October 1992 (age 27)
Nottingham, England
Home townNottingham, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
PartnerRobynne Tweedale
Former partnerMolly Lanaghan, Olivia Smart, Danielle Bennett, Georgia Robinson
CoachEvgeni Platov
Philip Askew
Former coachNeil Chilcott
ChoreographerPhilip Askew
Skating clubNational Ice Centre Nottingham
Training locationsNew Jersey
Began skating2003
ISU personal best scores
Combined total162.50
2018 Skate Canada
Short dance62.65
2018 Skate Canada
Free dance99.85
2018 Skate Canada

Joseph Buckland (born 27 October 1992) is an English ice dancer. With former partner Olivia Smart, he is a three-time British national junior champion (2012–14) and competed at three World Junior Championships, reaching the top ten in 2014.

Personal life

Joseph Buckland was born in Nottingham, England.[1] He is the younger brother of Nicholas Buckland, who also competes in ice dancing.[2]


Early years

Buckland teamed up with his first partner, Georgia Robinson, at age 15.[2] In 2008, he was diagnosed with two stress fractures in his spine, keeping him off the ice for six months.[2] He skated with Danielle Bennett in the 2009–10 season. The two placed 15th at their sole ISU Junior Grand Prix event, in Turkey, and became the British national silver medalists on the junior level.

Partnership with Smart

Buckland began skating with Olivia Smart in 2010.[2] They made their JGP debut in autumn 2011, ranking 13th in Austria and 12th in Estonia. They came in 17th at their first World Junior Championships, held in Minsk in March 2012. In the 2012–13 season, the duo missed the JGP series and finished 22nd at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan.

In 2013–14, Smart/Buckland placed seventh at both of their JGP assignments, Poland and the Czech Republic, and finished 10th at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Smart/Buckland moved up to the senior level in the 2014–15 season. In October 2014, they placed fourth at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series event. In November, they won silver medals at the International Cup of Nice and NRW Trophy before taking the British national title in the absence of Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland. Smart/Buckland withdrew from the 2015 European Championships before the short dance, Buckland having fallen ill with gastroenteritis.[3][4] The duo then went on to place 27th at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China. They split in June 2015.[5]

Later partnerships

Buckland teamed up with Molly Lanaghan in October 2015.[5] As of October 2016, his skating partner is Robynne Tweedale.[6]


With Tweedale

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Ghost the Musical
    by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard

With Smart

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Paso Doble
  • El Mariachi
  • Once Upon A Time In Mexico
    by Robert Rodriguez
  • Swing Set
    by Jurassic 5
  • Feeling Good
    by Escala
  • Tango In Ebony
    by Maksim, Julian Kershaw
  • Butterflies and Hurricanes
    by William Joseph
  • Natural Passion
    by Latin Festival
  • Sway

Competitive highlights

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Tweedale

Event 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Europeans 21st 17th 21st
GP Skate America 9th
GP Skate Canada 7th
CS Golden Spin 12th 6th 9th
CS Lombardia 5th 10th
CS Ondrej Nepela 6th
CS Tallinn Trophy 15th
CS Warsaw Cup 7th
Bavarian Open 8th 5th
Cup of Nice 7th
Egna Spring Trophy 6th
Mezzaluna Cup 6th
MNNT Cup 6th 4th
British Champ. 2nd 3rd 2nd
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Smart

Event 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Worlds 27th
Europeans WD
CS Nepela Trophy 4th
International: Junior[13]
Junior Worlds 17th 22nd 10th
JGP Austria 13th
JGP Czech Republic 7th
JGP Estonia 12th
JGP Poland 7th
Bavarian Open 6th J 3rd J
NRW Trophy 3rd J
Santa Claus Cup 8th J
Toruń Cup 1st J
British Champ. 1st J 1st J 1st J 1st
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

With Bennett

Event 2009–10
JGP Turkey 15th
NRW Trophy 12th J
British Championships 2nd J
J = Junior level


  1. ^ a b "Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Pinchess, Lynette (20 September 2010). "Olympic hopeful Joseph keeps up the family tradition on ice". This is Nottingham. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Illness hits Buckland brothers at European Figure Skating Championships". National Ice Skating Association. 29 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Buckland and Coomes withdraw from World Championships due to illness". National Ice Skating Association. 19 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Nottingham ice dance Olympic hopeful Joseph Buckland back in the groove after finding new partner". Nottingham Post. 22 January 2016. Archived from the original on 22 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Entries: Ice Dance". Tallinn Trophy. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Robynne TWEEDALE / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2017/18". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Robynne TWEEDALE / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2016/17". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  10. ^ "Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  11. ^ "Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  12. ^ a b "Competition Results: Robynne TWEEDALE / Joseph BUCKLAND". International Skating Union.
  13. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 November 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Competition Results: Danielle BENNETT / Joseph BUCKLAND". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014.
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