LOCAL Brighton girl Anne Smith, who is providing support for her own carer, Colleen Morgan is aspiring to do great things in new-found love, ice skating.
“I am a young Tasmanian figure skater in which I have a lot of passion for the sport of ice skating. Some time ago I watched a movie called Ice Princess and was inspired to try ice-skating. My carer, Colleen Morgan took me to the Glenorchy ice skating rink for a public session skate where I loved it from the very first time I tried it.
After two years of hard training on ice and off the ice, I am now currently skating at the free skate level two ranking and working even harder to strive for a higher status.
My dream is to represent Tasmania in Australian interstate figure skating competitions, Australian national figure skating championship and Olympic Games, hopefully in the near future.”
Anne puts her success down to hard work on the ice and off the ice. Her training schedule is 18 hours a week: on ice with her head coach Oxana Anichkina, second coach Joanna May and also off the ice doing ballet, strength and conditioning training and acro-stretch.
“Recently I competed in two figure skating competitions: Tasmanian Figure Skating Championship 2014, Hobart, Tasmania and the Winter Sun Trophy 2014, Brisbane, Queensland,” Anne said.
“I am delighted that I achieved two firsts and one second in the Tasmanian State Championship 2014 in June.
“I was thrilled that I received first place in Winter Sun after competing against six others interstate skaters. That was my first competition in Queensland,” she said.
As it’s the middle of the figure skating season, there are more competitions for me to compete in, in, which I am very, excited about.
“Next would be the Crystal Challenge Cup 2014 which will be held in Melbourne, in September.
“I am determined to work hard to be able to put the best performance I possibly could to proudly represent Tasmania again.”
Brighton Community News wishes Anne all the best in her endeavours. She is a delightful young woman who is not only a wonderful help to her own carer Colleen, but is also attempting to realise her ice skating dream and is working hard to that end.