Skaters cut fine fig­ure

TEAM HEADED FOR WORLD MEET

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS A LO­CAL synchronised skater is head­ing to the United States to com­pete in the sport’s up­com­ing World Cham­pi­onships.

Af­ter win­ning the 2016 na­tional ti­tles, Univer­sity of Notre Dame stu­dent Na­talie Fardella and her Cock­burn-based Ice Syn­chro WA team will be com­pet­ing at the 2017 World Cham­pi­onships in Colorado Springs next month.

The rel­a­tively un­known sport com­bines fig­ure skat­ing, pair skat­ing and cheer­lead­ing as teams of be­tween 12 and 16 work to­gether to present for­ma­tions, spins, lifts and dif­fi­cult foot­work, with points given for tech­ni­cal­ity, com­plex­ity and en­ter­tain­ment.

Fardella said they were push­ing for a top 10 fin­ish and hoped as a ju­nior-level state coach, she could in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion to pick up the sport ahead of its Win­ter Olympic de­but in Bei­jing 2022.

“Win­ning the na­tional cham­pi­onships was a ma­jor mile­stone and a top 10 place at the World Cham­pi­onships will po­si­tion the Ice Syn­chro WA team well for a chance to go to the Olympics,” she said.

“Be­ing able to travel the world and rep­re­sent your coun­try with your best friends is the most re­ward­ing as­pect of my sport.

“I have had the op­por­tu­nity to train and com­pete in so many beau­ti­ful places around the world, which has al­lowed me to make friends that I will have life.

“I hope to give back to the sport that has pro­vided me with an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to com­pete on the world stage and hope­fully through my coach­ing role, I can in­spire fu­ture skaters to achieve their hopes and dreams.”

Ice ice baby... Na­talie Fardella will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the 2017 Synchronised Skat­ing World Cham­pi­onships in the US in April.

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