Kerrys born with ice in their veins

CHANTELLE Kerry’s immediate future is on ice while brother Brendan is running, or rather skating hot.

Translated, that means Carlingford’s Chantelle is waiting to know if she’ll contest the last Winter Olympics qualifying event in Germany this month.

 Brendan is already there.

The 19-year-old skated the performance of his life at the Skate Down Under at Canterbury Ice Rink.

Brendan achieved the highest score by an Australian in an international event since the new judging system came into play in 2005, with 192.28 points.

His 17-year-old sister skated a near-perfect short program, but her performance in the free program left her just short of a straightforward selection by 4.32 points.

She needed 141.88 or more to beat Victoria’s Brooklee Han, who was absent due to illness.

Chantelle must now await a committee decision but, regardless, will be off to a junior grand prix event in Poland.

It’s no wonder the Kerrys have ice in their veins under pressure and a technique to match.

Their mother Monica MacDonald was a figure skating Olympian in 1988, and mother coaches daughter.

“To compete at the Olympic Games would be the best experience of my life,” Chantelle said.

“On top of all that, I would be sharing the experience with my mum, who not only lived it in her own career, but also has been the biggest influence and help in my own.’’

Chantelle has had her skates on, figuratively and literally.

She competed at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, last year.

She was the sole figure skater on the Australian team and finished a commendable 10th in the individual women’s program.

“Originally, I just had the one new routine, but after more consideration we decided to go ahead and create two new ones,’’ she said of learning from Austria.

‘‘Our main focus has been working towards more consistency on my jump elements and increasing the speed of my spins.

‘‘In past years, people have seen that it’s the athletes who can mentally handle the pressure are the ones who make it. 

‘‘This has been a big focus in my training this season.”

Whatever the committee decision, Chantelle has time on her side.

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