Kristin skates into the big time

Rising star Kristin Secola hopes to skate at the Olympics one day. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d406795
Rising star Kristin Secola hopes to skate at the Olympics one day. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d406795

The up-and-coming talent competed in her first international competition in Sydney recently, placing eighth among 15 top junior division competitors from Hong Kong, Malay-sia, Australia and New Zealand.

Kristin was nominated to represent WA and Australia at international level after winning every state title she competed in this year, before going on to qualify at national level.

The young ice-skater went full-time with the sport after finishing school last year and her coach Jon Bonny has high hopes for her.

‘She’s one of the best junior ladies in Australia,’ he said.

‘The way she looks on the ice and the way she carries herself is up there with international standards.’

Despite ice-skating being an elegant spectators sport, Kristen has taken a few hard knocks on the unforgiving ice behind the scenes, while performing the eye-catching manoeuvres.

‘I think ice-skating would have to be one of the hardest sports in the world,’ Bonny said.

‘You’re balancing on a knife’s edge and going at speed, while trying to make it look easy and graceful. You need to be very strong and talented.’

Kirstin trains for 11 hours each week and is currently trying to perfect triple jumps.

She will compete in the junior ladies division for one more year before going on to the senior ladies when she turns 19, but is not sure just how far her ability will take her.

‘I started when I was four years old and just kept going with it,’ she said.

‘If I get to Olympic level that would great, but at the moment I’m just focusing on the competition season ahead.’