Training and Competing in Figure Skating

Friday, February 28, 2020

My name is Chloe, I’m 16 years old and I’ve been a figure skater for eight years now. As well as being an individual figure skater, I am also primarily a synchronised skater, meaning that I skate with a team. My team is called ‘Adelaide Ice Magic’, or ‘AIM’ for short, and I have been skating with this team for almost seven years, slowly moving up the ranks. My team and I currently rank 3rd in Australia in our division, which is the second highest. I train for approximately 14 hours per week both on and off the ice, not including nightly stretching sessions to improve my flexibility. On ice training includes lots of program work (doing our routines multiple times, in order to improve different aspects each time), as well as lots of skills and speed training. Off ice training includes a lot of fitness, as well as off ice program work (improving our routines off the ice, in order to further improve them on the ice). Additionally, off ice training includes attending a weekly ballet class for an hour and a half, which helps me improve my posture and flexibility, which in then improves my skating abilities. 

At the end of January this year, my skating team and I competed at the Hevelius Cup Competition, held in Gdansk, Poland. In Poland, we trained more than once a day for six days leading up to the competition, as well as going sightseeing and doing many fun team bonding activities. All of our hard work payed off, as we ended up coming home with a gold medal, as well as some amazing memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. I’m currently training for an individual competition in March, and then the synchronised skating season starts again.

Chloe Alfrey
Year 11 Student