Ice pair's rink dream on
brink of success
JESSICA STRUTT, Sunday Times (Perth)
7th September 2003
PERTH ice-dancers Danika Bourne and
Alexandre Pavlov have achieved their dream -- to skate for Australia.
Miss Bourne, 22, of Bibra Lake and her
champion Russian-born partner will represent Australia in Vienna
Last year they were crowned WA's best
and won a silver medal at the Australian championships.
The Vienna Cup will be the pair's first
But it has not all been smooth skating
for the dedicated ice-dancers.
Just months ago their dream of skating
for Australia was shattered when Pavlov, 25, got a letter from the
Figure Skating Federation of Russia demanding $US5000 to allow him
to compete for his adopted country.
A donation from Bourne's family friends
means that the duo's dreams on the rink have become a reality.
In July, the pair received a further
boost when they were awarded WA Institute of Sport scholarships.
"We were incredibly thrilled to
finally receive some recognition for all the work we were putting
in and to be recognised for our potential," Bourne said. Before
leaving for Vienna in October they will compete in the WA State
Championships. "The 2003 Australian Championships are in December
and our goal is to win those so we can be nominated for the 2004
World Championships," Bourne said.
Pavlov, the most highly ranked male
ice dancer ever selected to represent Australia, is eagerly counting
the days until he can apply for Australian citizenship.
The pair are training three times a
day, six days a week.
They were teamed up after their internationally
respected coaches Andrei and Maria Filippov studied separate videos
of the skaters and realised their styles were complimentary.
Their long-term goal is to compete in
the 2006 Winter Olympics.