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Local skater sparkles at Crystal Challenge

ELEANOR Jetson, of Sandy Bay, has earned a first-place trophy at the recent Crystal Challenge ice skating competition.

The interstate challenge was the first for the 11-year-old, who took out the solo ice dance category for her fiesta tango.

The Crystal Challenge Trophy, held at Medibank Icehouse in Melbourne, was Eleanor’s first opportunity to measure her standard against a large field of competitors from around the country.

As well as her win in the solo ice dance discipline, Eleanor competed in the artistic figure skating and technical figure skating categories, where she placed third and fifth respectively.

Eleanor’s coach Joanna May said she was very proud of the way Eleanor conducted herself as a Tasmanian representative.

“It can be very daunting and disorientating when skaters first experience competing in an arena four times the size of our local rink,” she said.

“However, Eleanor took it all in her stride and after just one practice session on the competition rink she was able to present routines that covered the extra surface, looking just as confident as the local skaters.

“Eleanor is now preparing for her next interstate event in Adelaide in November and cannot wait to get back out there to show the judges and spectators how much she has improved.”

Eleanor began ice skating during the Aussieskate beginner group lessons at Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink in 2013.

After progressing well through the six beginner-level group badges, she commenced private lessons with Ms May in 2014.

She now trains on ice twice-a-week and undertakes fitness activities to improve her strength, speed and stamina.

Eleanor has previously competed and won medals in local Tasmanian Aussieskate competitions and in the two annual national competitions held at Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink.

Eleanor joined 11 other figure skaters and ice dancers from the Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink who travelled to Melbourne to compete in the Crystal Challenge Trophy.

The event was one of only three national ranking competitions to be held across Australia in 2015, attracting a large field of ice skaters from around the country.

Despite being disadvantaged by training on an ice surface four times smaller than those in other states, the Tasmanian athletes returned triumphant, with 11 trophies between them.

Figure Skating Association of Tasmania president Rowena Conway said she was thrilled with the results.

“We are very proud of all of our ice skaters representing Tasmania interstate,” she said.

“It is fantastic to see their dedication and hard work paying off with results such as these.”

The Tasmanian skaters will now begin training for the Tasmanian State Championships, which will be held at Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink on 17 October 2015.

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