Breanna Gilpin who is a senior skater with the Collingwood Skating Club has shown much dedication and commitment over the ten years that she has been on the ice.
Breanna is now 16 years old and started skating when she was just 6. Her interest began when she would go to watch her older sister, Jackie, skate at the arena. Her mother signed her up after just one session of watching her sister. She has been enjoying it ever since.
“As a test skater that competes only locally, her enthusiasm towards skating impresses us. We think all parents would agree that it makes you feel satisfied for your children when they find an activity where their interest only grows year after year. We love seeing the commitment she has made to figure skating and we have learned a great deal about the sport ourselves,” says Breanna’s mother, Marj Gilpin who is also a member of the Collingwood Skating Club.
Most recently, Breanna achieved both her Gold Interpretive and Gold Skills test. She has been involved in several competitions throughout her career and her strongest influence is Patrick Chan. “He is the greatest skater I have ever seen and I believe he is one of Canada’s greatest prides yet. His performances draw me in and allow me to be able to understand the stories that he tells,” says Breanna.
Breanna is a grade 11 student at Collingwood Collegiate who loves to play soccer and participate in the school Nordic ski team during the winter. She is also a school council member with an interest in music playing the piano. “Piano is my favourite instrument and it’s a lot like figure skating. There are a lot of focus, feeling and technique required,” explains Breanna.
Breanna has been very fortunate to have been able to work with three very skilled and experienced coaches: Janet Collins, Christine Howell and Michael Koshilka.
“Janet has the special quality of knowing exactly how to push a skater to achieve their next step. Christine has the best choreography in the area, most definitely farther, and Michael has been my dance coach for a very long time. All in all, my coaches are very talented and I would be nowhere near as successful without them,” says Breanna.
Breanna’s commitment to figure skating has grown year after year and this is very apparent with her love for the sport. “The focus that you can tap into is incredible and you can get very wrapped up with every moment. You don’t really notice anyone around you when you concentrate like this. I like the feeling of getting that involved in the sport,” says Breanna.
In January, the Collingwood Skating Club is hosting the Huronia Funskate. All of the seniors, most of the intermediates, and even some Canskates, have been preparing for the competition. “This year, we will finally get to enjoy it on our home turf,” says Breanna.
For more information about the club visit – http://www.collingwoodskatingclub.com/.