My Skating Peers’ Blog
I’ve asked my skating peers to share their experiences at various events and competitions and to spotlight their achievements and accomplishments. I want to provide a platform of expression for their diverse views and opinions on any skating topic that is important to them.
I hope their stories will teach and provide further motivation and inspiration to my students, parents, and readers.
Competting at 2019 Excel Nationals
My name is Camryn Aprilante, I am 14 years old and I have been skating for 6 years. This season, I competed in Excel Pre-Juvenile Plus and I skated to Someone in the Crowd from La La Land. The Excel series was a new series that started this year so going into it, I had no idea what to expect. With a new scoring system and a new goal to qualify for nationals, I was very excited to compete. This year's Nationals was held in the Panthers Ice Den in Coral Springs, Florida. In order to qualify for the Excel Series nationals, I had to compete in two qualifying competitions and place within the top 6 of my section.
I skated two qualifying competitions for Excel Nationals. The first was at Morris Open and the other was at Southern Connecticut Open, which placed me 3rd in the Eastern Section. I was super excited to qualify for Nationals because my practice’s leading up to nationals were filled with many run throughs of my program, working on getting it consistent every time. The week before I left for nationals my practice’s were inconsistent but overall, I left feeling ready to skate in Florida.
Getting to Florida was very exciting! The first day, there was a camp for all of the skaters that qualified. There were 3 different classes that we attended. The first one was an on ice class to help with presenting while we skate. This class was taught by 3 members of Team USA. Next, there was an off ice hip hop choreography class, and finally a ballet and stretching class. All of the classes were a lot of fun and gave the competitors a chance to get to know each other.
Finally, it was the day of the competition! I had to wake up super early to get on the practice ice and then compete. Before my practice ice, I was very excited but still, a tiny bit nervous. But after my practice, I felt ready to put out a good program. When my turn came to do my program, it was not perfect, but I was still happy with how I skated. Although I missed points on important elements in my program, I now I know what I need to work on and fix for my next competitions. In the end, I got 14th out of 18 girls.
From start to finish, the opportunity to participate in the first Excel National Festival was something I will never forget. Getting to meet skaters from all over the country and learn from members of Team USA were some of my favorite moments from the trip. It took a lot of hard work to get there, but it was all worth it!