ERIN – “It felt like I used to be in one other world,” Ella Stamenkovic stated of her championship skate.
“It was indescribable. I like the sensation of the ice below my ft – I’ve an emotional connection to the ice,” and it seems like a secure area for her.
Stamenkovic is a Grade 8 scholar at Erin Public Faculty, a determine skater with the Dufferin Peel Skating Membership, and a aggressive dancer at ADA Dance Co.
She has been a determine skater since she was 5 years outdated, and labored exhausting to qualify for the provincial championships, coaching 4 days per week.
That provides as much as a minimal of seven to 10 hours weekly, her mother Heather Van Slyke stated, and “she at all times tries to get me to search out further ice time at different locations so as to add to it,” like Brampton, Orangeville and Georgetown.
Which means waking up at 5am to “skate on the identical ice as her rivals within the championship,” and downloading a sports activities podcast to get within the zone, her mother stated.
Stamenkovic stated she began dancing to assist her determine skating – “ballet to enhance method, modern to enhance efficiency.”
However earlier than lengthy, she “fell in love with dance too.”
Van Slyke stated her daughter “did all the pieces she wanted to do to be her best possible” in preparation for the championships in Stratford on March 24.
When it got here to the large day, her mother stated she had “by no means seen her so centered and able to accomplish one thing.”
Stamenkovic was decided to do her greatest, and succeeded, scoring 21.02, a private greatest, ok for fifth place and simply 1.28 factors away from first place.
“I used to be going on the market to indicate everybody what I had been engaged on all yr,” she stated in a cellphone name with the Advertiser.
And as soon as she was out on the ice she stated she “actually simply acquired on this zone and was so centered.”
Stamenkovic stated she was “so blissful” when she completed and knew immediately it was her “greatest skate of the season.
“My coaches have been crying,” she added, and so they advised her she skated amazingly and regarded like she was actually having fun with herself, with a smile on her face the entire time.
Getting that suggestions was “superb,” Stamenkovic stated. “It felt so good.”
Her mother referred to as the efficiency “mesmerizing,” and Stamenkovic added “to land these jumps and do these spins to one of the best of my potential was like a dream come true, nearly.”
It was “actually simply a tremendous expertise to go and skate with the women who made it – one of the best 36 of all of Ontario,” Stamenkovic added. “I’m actually glad I acquired to be part of it.”
She stated she’s additionally feeling “actually excited for what comes subsequent.” Stamenkovic was invited to attend a provincial improvement camp at Skate Ontario and is shifting up a stage to STAR 6.
Stamenkovic stated she loves expressing herself via determine skating and loves how difficult the game is. “Nothing is very easy and it’s a must to work exhausting at it,” she added.
Van Slyke stated she is “so proud” of her daughter.
“She labored exhausting – she put within the work and it was simply lovely, it actually really was. It was an unbelievable second for each of us.”
Stamenkovic stated she is “tremendous grateful” for her coaches, Patty Lambertus, Daphne Whitelaw-Howe and Amy Broom, in addition to her mother and pa, “for at all times supporting me, serving to me via, and being there for me.”
Van Slyke stated Stamenkovic has been surrounded by assist – from her coaches, her college lecturers, and her dance studio.
“All of them supported her all through her journey,” she stated, and it was “actually essential for Ella to know they have been behind her.”