Skating has been my life and identity since I was a small child. It has given me so much more than an ability to glide across a frozen pool of water. Skating has given me a sense of being, taught me discipline, a work ethic and responsibility. Skating has made me who I am and I am proud to be a skater.
Skating is in my blood and it will always be who I am. My goal is to develop that feeling in others; to make them feel a part of something special and be proud of the hard work, dedication and responsibility it takes to be a skater.
I was born in Champaign, Illinois where I began skating at the age of 7 in a speed skating facility at the University of Illinois. I trained in Springfield under Jill Page Smith. Just before I began 6th Grade my family moved to Arizona where I trained at Oceanside Ice Arena and Arcadia Ice Arena under Tommy Allen.
Some of my Favorite Quotes
To my students I have said this many times........
Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick and Simba says:
Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki : It doesn't matter. It's in the past.
Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki : Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or... learn from it.
[swings his stick at Simba again who ducks out of the way]
|"Do, or do not. There is no 'try.'" |
-- Jedi Master Yoda
I am what I wanted to be when I grew up and for that I am thankful,