Figure skater finds freedom on the ice – Rossland News
When you discover this thing that turns your world upside down, everything becomes easier, happier, and effortless.
This thing becomes your passion and you can’t wait to be part of it.
For Audry Hall, her passion is figure skating.
Anyone who has skated can identify with the sound of the metallic slash scraping the ice as it is stroked by the razor sharp steel skate blade.
Cold air passes in front of your face as you hover faster and faster.
” What can I say ? I love the sound, the feel, the choreography, the challenge, I love everything about figure skating, âsaid Hall.
“I just feel like I’m free, like I’m flying.”
Figure skating is a sport in which ice skaters rhythmically perform free movements of jumps, pirouettes, lifts and footwork, harmoniously incorporating biomechanical grace and brilliance.
Fluid dance techniques, combined with moments of pure athletic exuberance, all choreographed to music.
Skating can be a recreational and competitive sport that promotes cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility, as well as training for speed, agility and balance.
Hall supports the idea that skating is for everyone.
With the supports available at the Rossland Arena, anyone interested can learn to skate.
âI’ve been competitive skating since I was eight years old,â said Hall.
“I like it, but it comes with sacrifices.”
Hall refers to the abundance of injuries reported in sports.
Sprains, overuse injuries and falls that can cause head-to-toe trauma are dangerous and sometimes fatal.
âI’ve had my fair share of falls and injuries, but that’s how you get better by trying new moves and pushing yourself to be better.
The courage to try new, highly athletic jumps also takes a lot of time and practice to master.
âI need to skate four to five times a week, but I always need good grades,â she said.
“That’s why the flexible schedule works for me at the Seven Summits Center for Learning.”
Hall aspires to attend the University of British Columbia to become an environmental engineer.
Her personal effectiveness is driven by passion, rather than competition, and like her desire to skate, she wants to make a difference in the world through the study of environmental science.
Today, Hall’s enthusiasm for the sport extends to the enthusiastic young skaters she works with at Rossland Arena.
She has been volunteering for three years, first as a program assistant and is now a certified skating coach with the CanSkate Canada program.
âMy aspirations have always been to skate, so competition was a natural progression, but what I really love is seeing the same love for the sport in the eyes of the little kids I work with,â added Lobby.
“They really take my love of the sport to a whole new level.”
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