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The 2014 Artistic National Championships will be held in Queensland this year at the Mt Warren Sports Centre, Milne Street Beenleigh.

 

Keep your eye on this page for all important information leading into this event.

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Congratulations to Brenda Roberts who has been appointed as Team Manager for the Australian Artistic Team heading to New Zealand next year for Oceania Championships.

 

She will be joined by Alice Alibrandi as her Assistant Team Manager and Anita Hunt as the Team Coach/Assistant Team Manager.


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Sixteen artistic skaters have recently returned from the World Artistic Rollerskating Championships which was held in Taipei, Taiwan in November.

The team consisted of 6 Junior skaters, 2 Senior skaters and a Small Show Team.

Skaters were selected based upon their perfomances and results at the 2013 National Championships held in Perth.

With only four weeks between the end of the National Championships and the beginning of the World Championships, it certainly added an extra dimension to preparation and organisation. 

Results were as follows:
•    Junior ladies figures – Allira Hanczakowski 17th
•    Junior ladies freeskate – Sarah Butler 14th
•    Junior mens freeskate – Robert Karp 13th
•    Junior ladies solo dance – Melanie Gollagher 12th, Alizanne Finnemore 16th
•    Junior mens solo dance – William Andrewartha 7th
•    Senior ladies solo dance  - Rachel Tonkin 13th, Teresa Chittick 14th
•    Small Show Groups – Platinum 8th

Congratulations to all skaters for a fantastic effort throughout the Championships! Bring on Reus, Spain for 2014!

- Written by Anita Hunt

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SHAE Robinson is just 11, and has already been to three national championships in her chosen sport.

Shae is a figure skater, one of about 15 who regularly train and compete in the sport at Mackay Leisure Centre's skating rink.

And although she trains hard for competitions at state and national level, she gets little recognition for her efforts.

"It's upsetting, no-one knows about it when you tell them about it," she said.

"But it's a great sport. I'd like to see a lot more people doing it."

Shae competed at Perth in the national titles this year, and over the past two years has also been to Sydney and Melbourne, and to state titles on the Gold Coast for the past six years.

She hopes to compete in state and national titles in Brisbane next year.

"It's similar to dancing, except you're on roller skates," she said.

"We train two days a week, and do extra training lots of times."

She started at the age of three, when she went along with her mother Jenny to watch her older sister Jade.

To read the full story written by Charlie Payne at the Daily Mercury, click here.

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TEENAGER Robert Karp recently represented Australia at the World Roller Skating Championships in Taiwan.

Robert, 15, finished 13th in the freeskating category and is a member of the Emu Plains-based show group Team Platinum, which came eighth at the world titles.

He trains at Penrith Skatel at Emu Plains and said he loved the challenge of roller skating, which was similar to figure skating on ice.

"I love you get to do practically anything you want, I love the feeling of being able to do all these amazing items and I love the fact that there's no restrictions to all the dangerous jumps and spins you can do," he said.

"I felt great being selected for the first time, and it was a great privilege.

"My goal is to be one of the top skaters in the world, and compete in the 2017 World Games in Italy."

To read the full article written by Kevin Cheng at the Penrith Press, click here.

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