Celebration Gala for Junior World Pair Champs
August 12, 2017
Article from www.owia.org.au
Harley Windsor and Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya accomplished what no other Australian figure skaters have ever done when they won the 2017 Junior World Pairs Figure Skating Championships in March this year.
The 20-year-old Indigenous man from Western Sydney and his 17-year-old Russian-born partner made headlines around the world for their rapid rise through the ranks, starting with Australia’s first gold at an ISU Junior Grand Prix last October, the Junior World title ahead of the fancied Russian teams and 16th place in their first senior World Championships. in March this year.
Following their world-beating debut season, the pair has been training with the top Russian teams in Moscow with their Sydney coach Andrei Pachin, but now they are home to prepare for the Olympic Qualification Competition in Germany at the end of September.
To celebrate their astounding Championship win, and to unveil their Olympic season program, Windsor and Alexandrovskaya will perform in a Celebration Gala at Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink in Sydney on Saturday, 19 August at 10.30am.
“I’ve only been home for less than two weeks since January and it’s fair to say that I’ve been homesick,” Windsor said. “Katia and I have done a lot of work in the off season learning our new short and free programs.”
“It’s been tough to be away from Australia for so long,” he said. “Canterbury is my home rink and where I trained with Galina and Andrei.”
The general public is invited to see Australia’s Junior World Champions and support them in their quest for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games next February.
Entry is by gold gold donation.