Otago Daily Times

Champs chance to shine

ICE SKAT­ING

- ADRIAN SECONI Sports · Ice Skating · Figure Skating · Winter Sports · New Zealand · Auckland Region · Dunedin · Mosgiel

BROOKE Cathro has been ice skat­ing al­most as long as she has been able to walk.

The 11­year­old is com­pet­ing in the ad­vanced novice sec­tion at the New Zealand Ice Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships, which be­gin in Dunedin to­day.

The event has at­tracted 114 com­peti­tors — a good num­ber con­sid­er­ing the event was only con­firmed late due to Covid ­19 — and the qual­ity of the field is high.

Brooke, who at­tends St Mary’s School in Mos­giel, is look­ing for­ward to show­ing off her skills on the ice.

But most of all, the year 7 pupil is look­ing for­ward to a day off school on Tues­day. She will still be com­pet­ing and per­haps in con­tention for a medal when the cham­pi­onships con­clude.

Brooke was in­tro­duced to the ice as a tod­dler — just 2 years old, in fact. Her broth­ers had ‘‘needed some­where to go for a date, so I just tagged along’’, she said.

‘‘My older brother Jack­son wanted to try it and so one day I saw a coach walk­ing along and I asked her if she could teach me how to skate.’’

Nine years later and Brooke is a whizz on the ice.

She can do in­cred­i­ble things with blades be­neath her feet and hopes do to well in the cham­pi­onships.

She has pre­vi­ously com­peted in the cham­pi­onships and has col­lected gold, sil­ver and bronze.

Her ri­val, Auck­land’s Ma­rina Chen, is a whizz as well.

‘‘I’m hop­ing to win but the girl I’m go­ing against is re­ally good, so I’m not sure.’’

Win or not, it is fun and that is the rea­son Brooke has been skat­ing as long as she has.

Brooke re­ally en­joys per­form­ing but the grad­ing tests are nerve­wrack­ing.

‘‘Per­form­ing is fun but do­ing the test­ing is ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fy­ing.’’

 ?? PHOTO GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON ?? Whizz on ice . . . Dunedin ice fig­ure skater Brooke Cathro (11) pre­pares for the na­tion­als, which will be staged at the Dunedin Ice Sta­dium this week­end.
PHOTO GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON Whizz on ice . . . Dunedin ice fig­ure skater Brooke Cathro (11) pre­pares for the na­tion­als, which will be staged at the Dunedin Ice Sta­dium this week­end.

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