Skating to victory

SIX local figure skaters had their skills tested on a national scale recently when they went head-to-head against competitors from across Australia and New Zealand in the 49th Hollins Trophy.

Run by the Sydney Figure Skating Club at the Canterbury Rink in Sydney, the Hollins Trophy is the oldest, largest and most prestigious non-championship event on the Australian figure skating calendar.

The Tasmanian skaters – who all skate at the Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink and are members of the Figure Skating Association of Tasmania – faced a number of significant hurdles, including the need to adjust routines to fit an Olympic-sized rink.

The Tassie group held up admirably against the competition-hardened skaters.

Eleanor Jetson placed 17th in the Preliminary Ladies, Alyssa Haremza and Kimberly Gentile place 14th and 16th respectively in Elementary Ladies, Macy Wallis placed 18th in Basic Novice A Ladies, Anne Smith placed 10th in the Basic Novice B category and Amy Pailthorpe placed third in Intermediate Ladies.

Coach Oxana Anichkina said all the skaters benefited from the trip and that she was “very pleased” with the girls’ performances against the strong opposition.

Caption: From left, Figure Skating Association of Tasmania members Kimberly Gentile, Macy Wallis, Amy Pailthorpe, Anne Smith and Eleanor Jetson at the Glenorchy Ice Rink.