Lift of faith

Rooty Hill’s Har­ley Dahlstrom-Win­sor wowed judges at his in­ter­na­tional fig­ureskat­ing pairs de­but in the Czech Repub­lic.

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ROOTY Hill’s Har­ley Dahlstrom-Win­sor and Rus­sian Ka­tia Alexan­drovskaya have swirled into Aus­tralian fig­ure skat­ing his­tory.

Dahlstrom-Win­sor, 19, and Alexan­drovskaya, 16, came within a point of fourth place in their pairs in­ter­na­tional de­but at the Ju­nior Grand Prix of Fig­ure Skat­ing in Os­trava, Czech Repub­lic, this month.

The duo had been train­ing to­gether for just seven months when they faced the world’s best.

They sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions when they placed sixth in their short pro­gram — skat­ing to Adele’s Sky­fall — and eighth over­all.

“In a way I was happy with the re­sults, but when you have a need to be per­fect ... I’m not sat­is­fied,” Dahlstrom-Win­sor said.

“I know we can do bet­ter. We made a few small mis­takes so (the re­sult) was ex­pected and only one point be­tween us and fourth place.”

Dahlstrom-Win­sor said he and Eka­te­rina had lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­ence in com­par­i­son to their ri­vals.

“Over­all I think we did well for our first sea­son to­gether and, con­sid­er­ing it was only our se­cond comp, it wasn’t too bad,” he said.

“I’m a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed with the small mis­take in the short.

“Prior to the comp we we’re train­ing well so I had con­fi­dence in our abil­ity.”

Ear­lier this year, the pair won the Carr’s Cup — named af­ter Aus­tralia’s three-time Olympic fig­ure skater Stephen Carr.

Carr and sis­ter Danielle McGrath were the last suc­cess­ful fig­ure-skat­ing pair Aus­tralia pro­duced.

Dahlstrom-Win­sor was just seven when he de­cided he “kinda liked skat­ing” and by the age of 10 he had trav­elled to Canada to train for six weeks with a lead­ing club in Toronto.

Af­ter 12 years on the ice, the in­dige­nous skater said he still loved it.

“I love the ex­cite­ment of it all and, in a strange way, I love the pain of all the hard train­ing,” he said.

“I get such a good feel­ing af­ter a hard train­ing ses­sion, I kind of feel like I ac­com­plished some­thing and it’s all for a good end re­sult.

“My hat goes off to all of my fam­ily and coaches — none of what I’ve done would be pos­si­ble with­out ev­ery­one in my life. They’re the only rea­son I can con­tinue to do what I love.”

The pair have their sights set on the Olympics, but for now they just want to fo­cus on im­prov­ing.

“Our next plan of events are a few more Ju­nior Grands Prix and a few se­nior comps, to just fo­cus of our train­ing,” he said.

Har­ley Dahlstrom-Win­sor and pairs part­ner Eka­te­rina Alexan­drovskaya. Pic­ture: Joosep Martin­son (Getty Images)

Har­ley Dahlstrom-Win­sor at Pen­rith Ice Palace in 2011.

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