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.

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