Ice skating: Frederick Irwin student picked in team for Australian Figure Skating Championships


The Jitterbugs are competing in Melbourne. Siobhan Bristol is standing third from the right.
The Jitterbugs are competing in Melbourne. Siobhan Bristol is standing third from the right.

FREDERICK Irwin Anglican School Year 8 student Siobhan Bristol has been selected as a member of the Jitterbugs Mixed Age Synchronised Ice Skating Team.

She will represent WA, following the club and state competitions this year.

Siobhan and her team will be competing at the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Melbourne until November 27.

The synchronised skating program is supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Western Australian Ice Skating Association.

Head of coaching Genevieve Hohnen said it was a great honour to be selected to represent WA.

“We are thrilled that the Jitterbugs team has been given this opportunity to compete against the strongest teams of the country,” she said.

“Siobhan has been selected on the team after many hours of training and it is testament to her skill, dedication and positive attitude.”

Siobhan has been skating for only two years.

“My wish is to one day see Ice Synchro become an Olympic Sport,” she said.

“Although it is not an Olympic Sport at present, it is hoped that in 2022 it will be recognised as such.

“I have been practising at Cockburn Ice Arena with my team (The Jitterbugs) and my Synchro coaches, Kelley McCarthy and Natalie Fardella, every Saturday and on Sundays since February in preparation for the competition.”

Siobhan also has lessons from a private skating coach John Bonny, who has also been teaching her skating skills and preparing her for her test levels.