Champs here after 25 years
It's been 25 years but the wait is finally over for the New Zealand roller skating community.
Trusts Stadium will host the World Roller Figure Skating Championships beginning on Monday. The last time New Zealand hosted the contest was 1987.
West Auckland's roller talent will be part of the action. Henderson's Jane Reason is a judge and her daughter Samantha Reason, 21, is competing in the senior international figures.
"Figure skating is more about focus and skill," Samantha says.
"Of course you have to be fit but it's not as physically demanding as other sports.
"It's exciting to have it at Trusts as the world champs probably won't be held here again in New Zealand for a very long time."
Jane is set for her first stint judging at this level and is the only New Zealand judge at the world champs. She's nervous despite her 30 years of experience.
"The nerves are there but I'm sure they will settle after I hold that first score card up.
"It's all very technical what you're looking for in a performance," Jane says.
To avoid any conflict of interest Jane won't be judging any of her daughter's events.
Samantha says figure roller skating is very popular in Europe and South America. "But it's vastly different here in New Zealand. Everything's self-funded here but I believe we are moving in the right direction."
Trusts Stadium has been met with rave reviews from international skaters after it held the Oceania Rollersports Championships in April.
Oceania senior ladies freeskating champion Purdy Rawlinson from Australia says: "The venue was fantastic and the floor was great to skate on.
"It has a nice grippy and fast wooden floor. I think everyone around the world will enjoy this venue for the worlds."
The World Roller Figure Skating Championships run from October 1 to 13 at Henderson's Trusts Stadium.
Visit newzealand2012.org for more information.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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