Local skater picked for world championships
Judgeford skater Tanja De Wilde has been selected to represent New Zealand as part of a show skate team at the 2012 World Artistic Rollerskating Championships in October.
It is a dream come true for the 17-year-old who started skating as a primary school student.
DeWilde and three others from the Upper Hutt Rollerskating Club joined skaters from Palmerston North and Hawera to form a small show skate team with an eye on the 2012 World Championships.
De Wilde still competes in her individual events for solo dance and figures, and is continuing to train hard in these.
The qualifying event for the 2013 Oceania Championships in Sydney is coming up in Wanganui later this month.
De Wilde’s team will present The Ring Master’s Spell at the World Artistic Championships in Auckland from October 1 to 13.
Lining up: Tanja De Wilde, second from left, skating with The Ring Master’s Spell small show skate group.