Student leads bid for glory at Synchronised Skating World Championships


Natalie Fardella will represent Australia at the
2017 Synchronised Skating World Championships in Colorado Springs in April.

17 March 2017

Notre Dame Education student, Natalie Fardella, is making waves internationally in the up-and-coming sport of Synchronised Skating.

After taking top spot at the 2016 national competition held in Melbourne, Natalie will join her fellow skaters from Cockburn-based club, Ice Synchro WA, in Colorado Springs, USA, at the 2017 World Championships in April.

Having represented Australia at the 2015 World Championships in Canada, Natalie is determined to secure a top 10 finish this year and inspire younger skaters to take up the sport prior to its debut at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

A hybrid of figure skating, pair skating and cheerleading, Synchronised Skating sees teams of 12-16 work in unison to present formations, spins, lifts and complex footwork with high levels of artistic skill. Natalie and her team will skate two programs at the World Championships with points accrued based on technically, complexity and entertainment value.

“Winning the national championships this year was a major milestone, and a top 10 place at the World Championships will position the Ice Synchro WA team well for a chance to go to the Olympics,” Natalie, an Early Childhood Education student, said.

“Being able to travel the world and represent your country with your best friends is the most rewarding aspect of my sport. I have had the opportunity to train and compete in so many beautiful places around the world which has allowed me to make friends that I will have life.”

After four years of recreational ice skating lessons, Natalie joined the Ice Synchro WA team at age 14. Drawing inspiration from Canadian skater and world champion Emily Penrose, Natalie is sharing her passion for the sport with tomorrow’s potential stars through a coaching role with junior-level State teams.

“I hope to give back to the sport that has provided me with an incredible opportunity to compete on the world stage. Hopefully through my coaching role I can inspire future skaters to achieve their hopes and dreams,” Natalie added.

“The Notre Dame community has been enormously supportive and understanding of my sporting commitments. The School of Education ensures I get the best study experience possible so I can enter the classroom as a competent and professional teacher.”

 

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Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; leigh.dawson@nd.edu.au