Though we be small, we be mighty

5 February 2020|Sport| Off Comments off on Though we be small, we be mighty|

BERRIEDALE resident Amy Pailthorpe has skated her way to victory, returning home with the prestigious title of Australian Adult Gold Figure Skating Champion.

The 20-year-old, who has been skating since the age of eight, jetted off to Victoria recently to compete in the Adult Gold division of the Australian Figure Skating Championships.

Going up against 11 skaters from across the nation, Ms Pailthorpe emerged victorious as the sole Tasmanian representative in her division.

But the road to the championships was no walk in the park and saw Ms Pailthorpe progress through the Tasmanian State Championships, Crystal Challenge and Victorian State Championships, all of which allowed more opportunity for her to perfect her program and performance.

Ms Pailthorpe said she felt very proud to be representing Tasmania at a national level.

“Figure skating is a very unique sport,” she said.

“It’s difficult as you have to have the correct technique, speed, power, flexibility and performance value every time you skate.

“But I feel, when this all comes together, it is the most rewarding, which is why I love figure skating and it will always be a part of who I am.”

Going into the competition, Ms Pailthorpe said she feel confident that she would skate to the best of her ability.

“I was hoping that all my hard work and training would come together so that I could have a great skate and that it would reflect in the results,” she said.

“It was an amazing feeling knowing that I had given my all in my skate and managed to take home first place – it is a feeling like no other and I sometimes cannot believe that I won.

“The Australian Figure Skating Championships is a great event and it’s such a pleasure to be able to compete against the best of Australia in my division.

“I was overwhelmed with the outcome and am proud to say that I am the national champion.”

Moving forward, Ms Pailthorpe said this result was a “massive confidence boost” for her skating.

“It’s a tough sport and most definitely has its challenging times, but to win this proved to myself that I have the potential to do more,” she said.

“It has also proved that even though Tasmania has a small skating community and our own challenges, we are small, but mighty.”

Ms Pailthorpe said she now hoped to compete in international competitions.

Other Tasmanian skaters who competed at the national championships included Kimberly Gentile (Intermediate Ladies), Chloe Anderson (Adult Silver) and Amy Greenland-Wells (Adult Silver).

Caption: Australian Adult Gold Figure Skating champion Amy Pailthorpe.

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