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BRUISED knees and sore mus­cles will never dis­cour­age syn­chro­nised fig­ure-skater Emily Plant (8) from get­ting back on the ice.

De­spite try­ing ice-skat­ing for the first time just 18 months ago, the pint-sized Wem­b­ley res­i­dent will join her Bum­ble­bees team­mates to rep­re­sent WA at the Aus­tralian Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Sydney from Novem­ber 27.

“When I’m skat­ing I feel like I’m where I am sup­posed to be, I feel like it is home,” Emily said.

While most of her Wem­b­ley Pri­mary School friends are train­ing on the net­ball court or practising their footy skills, Emily is per­fect­ing her waltz jump and camel spin at Cockburn Ice Arena.

“I some­times have to stand very still for a minute to get my bal­ance back and stop feel­ing dizzy,” she said.

“Syn­chro­nised skat­ing is very chal­leng­ing be­cause you have to rely on ev­ery­one else get­ting it right at the same time.

“When I started, I was only used to skat­ing on my own, but now I really love be­ing part of a team. It’s a lot of hard work, but you don’t even think about it when you’re hav­ing so much fun.”

Mother Jen­nifer Black said she was sur­prised her daugh­ter fell in love with ice-skat­ing so quickly.

“I’m from Canada, so the ice was just part of my life grow­ing up,” Ms Black said.

“When I had kids in Aus­tralia, I didn’t think they would be in­ter­ested. It was funny how she wanted to keep com­ing back ev­ery week.

“Maybe it’s in her genes.”

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446811

Emily Plant will rep­re­sent WA at the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

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