Skaters on national stage
Thursday, 1st September, 2011
By Darrin Manuel
A troupe of local skaters will take centre stage next month after qualifying for the Artistic Skating National Championships.
Silver City Roller Skating Club (SCRSC) members Hannah Schofield, Nick Schofield, Ebony Pascoe and Allen Crombie were selected for the event after performing well at the combined South Australian and Victorian State Trials in June.
Artistic skating involves the same disciplines as ice skating and sees competition in Free, Figure and Dance routines.
Skaters who manage a podium finish at the Nationals will be selected for the Oceanic Championships in New Zealand next year.
MR Crombie (31) will compete in the senior Masters grade, while Ms Schofield (Cadet/Intermediate), Ms Pascoe (Juvenile) and Nick Schofield (Tiny Tots) will compete in the junior level.
SCRSC Publicity Officer, Brett Pascoe, said the foursome were looking forward to the challenge of the week-long Nationals in Dandenong on September 25.
“They all train hard, and this is a pivotal point they work to get to,” he said.
“They aim to skate against the best kids in Australia and they’ll have a crack. If they get medals that’s great, but if they don’t, they don’t.
“There’s a lot of pressure put on them. The bigger states like Western Australia pound us up a bit, but hopefully we hold our own and get a few medals.
“Local skaters have produced silver, gold and bronze before, and we’re hoping to do well again this year.”
Mr Pascoe also extended thanks to the local Basketball Association and Broken Hill High School for providing training areas for the next few weeks.
The SCRSC’s home rink at the Memorial Oval pavilion is unavailable due to the upcoming Silver City Show, and the floor of the YMCA’s main hall is being resurfaced.
This leaves the skaters to practice their Dance and Free routines at the Sanderson Stadium, while Figure training will be done at BHHS.
“We get kicked out of our rink at the right time, a month before we go away,” laughed Mr Pascoe.
“But the basketball stadium have come to the party and let us practice there; it’s big enough to do most of the stuff we do on the main rink and it’s much appreciated.
“All they ask is a donation so they’re doing all they can to help junior sport in Broken Hill.”
In other roller skating news the SCRSC’s roller disco is now closed due to Show preparations, and will reopen on October 7.