For me, skating runs in the family. My mom is the head coach for the Synchroettes organization, my older sister Kaleigh skated for the team when she was younger and now coaches along side our mom, and my dad played college hockey and worked at the rink where he and my mom met, which is in fact the rink that I spend most of my time at now! I started skating when I was just 18 months old. In 2001, the Synchroettes (the team my mom founded) had their very first season, which I was a part of. We had an intermediate and preliminary team that year, and that was my first year of synchro at the preliminary level as a 6 year old. This past season was my 12th year on the Synchroettes as a member of the Junior team, which was also the organization’s very first Team USA appointed team. During my 12 years as a Synchroette I skated at the preliminary, juvenile, novice and junior levels with 3 years of cross skating as well.
|2013 Synchroettes Junior short program: "Trashin the Camp"|
When I’m not at my team’s practice or practicing on my own, I like to help out with the younger developing teams at my home rink. The past few years I would help out at the Synchroettes beginner and preliminary team practices throughout the week as I love to give back to the sport that has done so much for me and help it to grow. Assisting with the younger teams has always been a great and rewarding experience and I strive to inspire them and be somebody that they can look up to. Through skating I have also found the opportunity to work with children with special needs through the Special Olympics program at my home rink, Codey Arena. This has been something that I have always enjoyed and has given me the chance to combine my passions for skating and volunteer work.
It’s not often, but when I’m off the ice you can find me spending time with my friends and family. I have created so many great friendships through synchronized skating and we spend just as much time together off the ice as we do on. You can also find me catching up on schoolwork since skating takes up most of my time, although with school coming to an end, it has been nice to have some free time. With the Jersey Shore so close to where I live, I frequently take trips down the shore with friends or family during the summer. I’m a big New York Rangers fan, and my dad and I practically watch every game together. With New York City only a half hour train, bus, or car ride away from my hometown, we like to go to games from time to time. I also love taking trips into the city to shop around, go to dinner, or to see a Broadway show.
|My sister, mom and I at the Leon Lurje Trophy award ceremony in Sweden|