Isabelle Podlich – our September Sporty Sista

Isabelle Podlich - doing artistic roller skating

Our #SportySista for September is Isabelle Podlich. This impressive 12-year-old makes her move each week by participating in artistic roller-skating.

“I love that feeling when you land a difficult jump, do a great spin or nail a cool new trick (especially when it looks like an illusion). We have so much fun at my club. I’ve skated with the same group of girls for years and we’re all great friends — they’re my skating family!

I just wanted to be able to do all the tricks the older skaters could do. I loved being part of a team where everyone encourages you.

The biggest barrier I experienced was to overcome my fear of performing in front of a crowd. But I was able to overcome this through positive thinking and by taking deep breaths.”

Izzy’s journey so far

“I started skating when I was 7 years old. My first competition was Showskate and I skated to the song ‘On the Good Ship Lollipop’. This year will be my sixth year as a competitive skater.

I have travelled to Adelaide and Melbourne to compete in the National Championships and I'm really looking forward to representing Queensland at this year’s Nationals in Perth. I love meeting skaters from all around Australia, making new friends, and then catching up with them all at competitions. It’s a great community!

Highlights for me so far include winning my first Australian Championship medal at the National Championships in 2016 and taking out 2 State Championship titles in Juvenile Freeskating and Open Short Freeskating at the Queensland State Championships this year.”

Izzy’s top tips:

  • Believe in yourself.
  • Remember to have fun — learning a new sport can be hard work but it’s really rewarding too.
  • Come to our fun learn to skate class — it could help you gain confidence!

The future

“I hope to be a coach when I’m a little older. I would also love to represent Australia at the Oceania Championships, and World Championships for freeskating and figure skating.

For those of you who don’t know, freeskaters perform jumps, spins and intricate footwork in their choreographed routine to music. While figure skaters trace over 2 to 3 (joined) 6 metre circles marked on the floor, balancing on one skate (both forwards and backwards), with turns.”

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Sporty Sista – Isabelle Podlich our artistic roller-skater ambassador - routine

Page last updated: 06 Sep 2018