Olympics break ice for as­pir­ing skaters

SKATER Kaylee Wal­ton, of Heathridge, wants to be­come an Olympian like Rus­sian gold medal­list Alina Zag­i­tova. She trains at a north­ern sub­urbs ice arena which has seen a 10 per cent in­crease in as­pir­ing skaters fol­low­ing the 2018 PyeongChang Win­ter Olympic

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

XTREME Ice Arena Mirra­booka has seen a 10 per cent in­crease in as­pir­ing skaters, fol­low­ing the 2018 PyeongChang Win­ter Olympics and Par­a­lympics.

The Win­ter Olympics was held from Fe­bru­ary 9 to 25, while the Par­a­lympics fin­ishes on March 18.

In term one, the arena’s Aussie Skate pro­gram, the se­cond big­gest in Aus­tralia, catered for more than 200 skaters.

The num­ber was ex­pected to in­crease to 250 skaters in term two.

Co-owner Marie Low­ick said more coaches and lessons would be in place in term two, af­ter the arena turned down skaters in term one.

“I think the Olympics def­i­nitely has a huge part to play and not only that, movies like The Mighty Ducks and Frozen, any­thing to do with ice skat­ing… movie-wise,” she said.

“Ev­ery four years, there is an el­e­vated in­crease be­cause of the Olympics and when things come in be­tween, that el­e­vates in­ter­est as well.

“We have got another 60 new en­rolees for term one and we have prob­a­bly fielded some­thing in the vicin­ity of 50-odd phone calls from peo­ple want­ing to join Aussie Skate this term.”

Fig­ure and syn­chro­nised skater Kaylee Wal­ton, of Heathridge, who came se­cond and first in an in­di­vid­ual and pair event at the re­cent Les Latham com­pe­ti­tion, said she wanted to be­come an Olympian.

“I have been skat­ing for about a year… I had all my par­ties here when I was lit­tle,” she said.

“I also like be­ing here with peo­ple and be­ing able to feel free on the ice.”

Fel­low fig­ure skater Sofia O’Kane, of Hil­larys, who came first in an in­di­vid­ual event at the same com­pe­ti­tion, said she had been skat­ing for about five years.

“I like the feel­ing you get when you glide on the ice,” she said. “I also want to be on Dis­ney on Ice.” Sofia’s coach Judi Skil­licorn said all the kids watched the Win­ter Olympics and she re­ceived many phone calls from in­ter­ested par­ents.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d479994

Kaylee Wal­ton on ice.

Sofia O’Kane hopes to one day skate for Dis­ney On Ice. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d479994

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