Free Feels Like Flying

When someone discovers an activity that rocks their world, everything becomes easier, happier, and effortless. From there, that activity often becomes a passion. For Audry Hall, a local Rossland student, her passion is figure skating. 

Anyone who has skated can relate to the metallic slashing sound of razor sharp skate blades scraping on the ice. They know the feeling of cold air rushing past their face as they glide around faster and faster.

“What can I say? I love the sound, the feeling, the choreography, the challenge. I just love everything about figure skating,” says Audry. “I feel like I am free- like I’m flying.”

Figure skating is a sport in which ice skaters rhythmically perform freestyle movements of jumps, spins, lifts, and footwork, seamlessly incorporating grace with biomechanical brilliance. The free-flowing dance techniques, combined with moments of pure athletic exuberance, are all choreographed to music. 

Skating can be a recreational and competitive sport that promotes cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility. The sport also requires speed, agility, and balance training. 

“I have been skating competitively since I was eight,” says Hall. “I love it, but it comes with sacrifice.” Hall is referring to the abundance of injuries that are reported in the sport: sprains, overuse injuries, and falls that can cause head to toe trauma. “I’ve had my share of falls and injuries, but that’s how you get better: by trying new moves and pushing yourself to be better.”

Courage to try new athletic jumps also takes a lot of time and practice to master. “I need to practice skating four to five times per week, but I still need high marks. That’s why the flexible schedule works for me at Seven Summits Centre for Learning,” says Hall, who aspires to attend University of British Columbia to become an environmental engineer. Her self-efficacy is driven by passion, rather than competition. Like her desire to skate, she wants to make a difference in the world through the study of environmental sciences.

Today, Hall’s enthusiasm for the sport is spread to the eager young skaters who she supports at the Rossland Arena. She has been volunteering for three years. Hall began as a program assistant and she is now a certified skate coach under the Canskate Skate Canada program. 

“My aspirations have always been to skate, so competing was a natural progression,” states Hall, “but what I really enjoy is seeing the same love for the sport in the eyes of the little children I work with- they really take my love of the sport to a whole different level.”   

Hall believes that skating is for everyone. With the supports available at the Rossland Arena, anyone who is interested can learn to skate. 


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Author: Tara Hauck, Marketing Coordinator Seven Summits Centre for Learning.

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