The Ballajura teenager took a tumble and landed on her chin early last year at the nationals . She was hospitalised in December, eliminating her from the this year’s competition, but she is back on the rink after a scholarship for new equipment.
Kayleen was one of 37 people who took a share in more than $104,000 of scholarships through Variety – the Children’s Charity for their art, sport and education endeavours. She used her share for new skate moulds from the USA.
“Last year was my first nationals, I came first in the 200m time trial and third in 500m then I split my chin so I couldn’t compete anymore,” she said.
“This year would have been my second time at nationals but I was in hospital.
“Now I am training for states and nationals.
“I want to compete at worlds at least two times as a junior because that is 19 and under that would be better experience and learn the tactics of other skaters from around the world.”