Sunflower Skates

Tracking my goals and progress as an adult figure skater

My figure skating origin story

The Dome, where my story began.

When I was in my early teens, around April 2012, I went ice skating for the first time at a friend's birthday party. I dragged myself around the sides for a few minutes, before trying my first proper steps. I loved it. I bought my first pair of SFR Glitra skates, 2 sizes too big for me as I believed that they were better that way, worn with two pairs of big fluffy bed-socks. I had my own birthday party at the rink.

Skating lessons themselves were too expensive for my parents, but I was undeterred. Every week I caught the bus with my friend to go skating, developing a crush on one ice marshals who called me 'Pikachu' (because of the hoodie I always wore) and would show me tricks. Except, one day I just didn't go, and that was the end of it.

Almost ten years later I settled down to watch Dancing On Ice for the first time. I'm not sure what spurred me to watch it, but I was instantly captivated. It became a weekly ritual to snuggle up with my mum and watch DOI together, learning the names of the jumps and spins as we practiced our own version of the Bolero in our pyjamas.

I looked into adult skating lessons for the pair of us. I called the rink I visited as a child and enquired about lessons. The lady on the phone told me that there was a waiting list. She promised to shoot me an email or a call in the next few weeks when the current course finished and the next block of lessons started.

She never emailed, and I quickly forgot about the urge to learn to skate.

One year later, Dancing On Ice was back on our screens, featuring the one and only Gemma Collins. I have never been a huge fan of the GC, but I did admire the fact that she went back out on the ice week after week, even with the audience (and certain judges) laughing at her as she struggled.

If Gemma could do it, so could I.

I signed up for a taster day at a different rink (only an hour drive away!) and have never looked back. I started writing daily diary entries in my notebook to chart my progress and feelings, which then morphed into my detailed monthly updates on this blog as I looked for a way to go 'digital' with my diary.

I have now been skating at least twice, often three, times a week since February 2019 and there's no signs of stopping yet! I've had a lot of ups and downs already in my skating journey, but I'm still as passionate as I was the first time I ever stepped on the ice, all those years ago.

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