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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
16 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 2011 NEWS Dance skaters set the bar high World champs beckon Top 10 aim: All three Upper Hutt skaters named in the team to represent New Zealand at the world championships in Brazil are aiming to break into the top 10 this year. They are, from left, Sarah-Jane Jones, Emma Patrick and Emma Hazelwood. Three Upper Hutt Rollerskating Club members have been named in the team to represent New Zea- land at the World Artistic Roller- skating Championships to be held in Brazil in November. They are Sarah-Jane Jones for senior international solo dance, Emma Patrick for junior women's international figures and Emma Hazelwood for junior inter- national solo dance. All three have represented New Zealand at world championship level before, and all aim to place in the top 10 this year. While Jones, 24, has already won three world medals as a teen, skating in the junior grades in freeskating and figures and in inline freeskating, she has never placed in the world top 10 in dance skating. Several years ago, when solo- dance skating became included at world level, Jones retired from her other disciplines to concentrate on her dance skating. Jones has represented New Zea- land in solo dance at the world champs in 2009 and 2010. I was extremely happy with my performances at last year's worlds, which was a big improve- ment from worlds 2009. I am hoping to make another consider- able improvement this year,'' she says. This year's goal is to break into the top 10. With three months to go, she says she has a clear plan of what she needs to do to achieve her goals in November. This year has seen Jones decide to focus her life entirely on skating, not only skating for her- self, but coaching other skaters at the Upper Hutt club and creating a career for herself in the skating world. This has allowed me to increase my training regime from one day a week on skates in 2010 [due to outside work commit- ments] to at least three this year along with additional off-skate gym sessions four times a week. I know that with the increased training time I will be able to bet- ter my performances and achieve my goals,'' she says. It will be the third time Patrick, 18, has represented New Zealand at world level in her strongest skating discipline, figures. She also skates junior international freeskating at Oceania level. In her first year at world compe- tition, in Germany in 2009, Pat- rick placed in the top half of the junior women's figures field. She was the only skater in the New Zealand team to place in the top half of the field. Of course I would like to win junior figures at worlds but would be pleased with a top 10 placing,'' she says. The figures fields are generally the largest of any of the disciplines, so getting into the top 10 would be very good going,'' she says. Having won the Oceania and national junior international women's figures championship title for the past three years and the senior women's international grade in her first year at national and oceania level, Patrick is look- ing forward to the increased com- petition at worlds. Patrick trains on skates five days a week as well as going to the gym. She also works one weekend day a week, coaches other young skaters at the Upper Hutt club and studies fulltime at WelTec -- so life is full-on. The experience of representing New Zealand at such a high-level competition is amazing. It is an honour to represent New Zealand at worlds as it is the pinnacle com- petition.'' Hazelwood, 17, has represented New Zealand at world champs twice before. In 2009 she competed in junior international solo dance and jun- ior international figures. Last year she was selected for junior international solo dance only and this year will again represent her country in solo dance only. Only New Zealand's first and second placegetters in the junior and senior grades are able to qual- ify for the worlds in their chosen disciplines. Hazelwood, who continues to skate figures at Oceania level as well as dance, hopes to improve her world placings of the past two years and also break into the top 10.She will have another special experience this year too. I will be celebrating my 18th birthday with my team-mates in Brazil which will be neat,'' she says. Hazelwood is coached by Jones and finds her support at world championships invaluable. I am very fortunate to have one of my dance coaches at worlds with me,'' she says. Sarah-Jane Jones has been my coach since I was six years old and just starting to learn to dance skate. Both S J and I train at our club's skating rink in Upper Hutt but we are also travelling together to either Palmerston North or Wanganui in the lead-up to worlds to have a chance to stretch out on an international size floor. We desperately need a hall in the Upper Hutt or even Welling- ton area, that is 25x50 metres in size or bigger, with a flat floor that we could train in. Even just once a month until we leave for worlds, would be so helpful to us,'' she says. Travelling with the team to Brazil will be their coach, Raewyn Hailes, who is an Upper Hutt Rol- lerskating Club member and coach. Anyone who knows of a hall which could be made available either free or at low cost should email UHRSC secretary Fiona Patrick on firstname.lastname@example.org
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