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Five Questions With . . . Ice-skating instructor Alex Cox

Poised balanced . . . Ice-skating instructor Alex Cox, of Canada, is spending winter passing her skills on to the people of Central Otago. Inset. Cox competes in Canada. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED/ALEX COX

Q How did you get into ice-skating?

My parents are the ones who got me into ice-skating, when they brought me to an outdoor rink in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 3.

Then they put me into lessons, where I progressed through the levels and started to work with different coaches from around the world to improve my skating and further my passion for the sport. My parents also always had the Winter Olympics on TV and I loved watching all the figure skating events and hoping one day, I would be able to perform like them.

Q What does your role in Alexandra involve?

My role in Alexandra involves, teaching basic and more complex skating skills, editing music to creating programmes/routines for skaters to practise in order for them to compete.

In doing so, I use my knowledge and experience to help skaters of all ages achieve their goals.

Q What would you say to anyone keen to give ice-skating a go next season?

Anyone keen to give ice-skating a go next season, I would say to dress warm, bring a helmet, especially for young kids, and be open to trying new and fun skating elements, where you might surprise yourself at what you can do!

Q When you go home, what will you be doing?

When I go home, I will continue to coach ice-skating in the evenings and some mornings a couple times a week at the rink I grew up skating in.

I will also continue studying for my post-secondary degree in law at Carleton University as well as ice-skate for the Carleton Ravens figure skating team.

Q If you could pass on three tricks of the ice-skating trade, what would they be?

If I could pass on three tricks of the ice-skating trade, they would be to remember to bend your knees when skating/stopping, keep your eyes and head up, and lastly, use your arms for balance.