Figure skater and year 8 Frederick Irwin student Siobhan Bristol has only been skating for two years, but already she has proved her ability at the artistic sport, being selected for the Jitterbugs Mixed Age Synchronised Ice Skating Team.
The team will represent Western Australia at the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Melbourne, from November 22-27.
“I have been practising at Cockburn Ice Arena with my team and my synchro coaches, Kelley McCarthy and Natalie Fardella, every Saturday and on Sundays since February in preparation for the Competition,” Siobhan said.
She has also been receiving lessons from private coach John Bonny in the lead-up to her test levels.
“My wish is to one day see ice synchro become an Olympic Sport,” Siobhan said.
“Although it is not an Olympic Sport at present, it is hoped that in 2022 it will be recognised.”
Head of coaching Genevieve Hohnen said she was thrilled the Jitterbugs team has been given this opportunity to compete against the strongest teams of the country.
“Siobhan has been selected on the team after many hours of training and it is testament to her skill, dedication and positive attitude,” she said.