Trio among win­ners

Napier Courier - - Home Living - BY SHANE HURNDELL

It was Hawke’s Bay skater Nina Coe’s first Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships so nat­u­rally her ex­pec­ta­tions weren’t high.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to place — some top-five fin­ishes if I was lucky,” the 14-year-old Napier Girls’ High School Year 9 stu­dent says of the re­cent Ro­toru­a­hosted champs.

The cadet grade com­peti­tor won her 15-strong solo dance divi­sion, her six-strong fig­ures divi­sion and re­turned home with the Jim Tay­lor Tro­phy for the best skater in her age group.

“All the work I put in with my coaches paid off,” Nina says, re­fer­ring to her coach­ing staff, Auck­lan­ders Bev Cooper and Rachael Parkin­sonTurner and Palmerston North’s Kylie Shirley.

How­ever, dig into Nina’s skat­ing back­ground and sev­eral fac­tors sug­gest she was al­ways go­ing to bring home a de­cent chunk of the sil­ver­ware if she per­formed to her po­ten­tial.

The de­ter­mined teen is in her 11th year of skat­ing, has ex­celled at na­tional level and has tremen­dous fam­ily sup­port. Be­fore be­com­ing a boarder at NGHS this year, fam­ily mem­bers would make the 80-minute re­turn trip from her Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay home for train­ing three Hawke’s Bay skaters Nina Coe (front) and Roxanne Price (left) and Sharon McRae were among the medal win­ners at the re­cent Ocea­nia cham­pi­onships in Ro­torua.

times a week at her club’s Rod­ney Green Events Cen­tre base in Napier.

Af­ter the 2017 na­tion­als in Ro­torua, Nina re­turned home with four gold medals.

Next year she in­tends to strut her stuff at the New Ply­mouth-hosted na­tion­als in July and the May re­gion­als in Palmerston North.

Nina was one of three Hawke’s Bay medal win­ners in Ro­torua.

Por­ritt School teacher Sharon McRae, who took up the sport in 2010, won the masters fig­ures ti­tle. There were four skaters in her divi­sion and this was the sec­ond time she had won the ti­tle at Ocea­nia level.

The Vilma Fan­thor­pecoached Sharon is also no stranger to win­ning na­tional ti­tles and in­tends to tackle next year’s

re­gional and na­tional cham­pi­onships.

For­est Man­age­ment New Zealand ad­min­is­tra­tor Rox Price was sec­ond in ad­vanced masters fig­ures at her sec­ond Ocea­nia cham­pi­onships.

“I’ve had two sec­onds in dif­fer­ent grades at the Ocea­nia champs now. In 2016 I was sec­ond to Sharon in her grade,” Rox re­calls.

The fourth-year skater was one of 11 in her divi­sion.

Like Sharon and Nina, Rox says she wouldn’t have achieved her podium fin­ish with­out reg­u­lar train­ing ses­sions. Rox is coached by Skate Hawke’s Bay stal­wart Bill Han­cock, who last year was awarded life mem­ber­ship to the na­tional body in recog­ni­tion of his then 50 years ser­vice to the sport.

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