Skate queen aims high

2019-04-23 06:00
Gian-Quen Isaacs during the International Skating Union's Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating last year.

Gian-Quen Isaacs during the International Skating Union's Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating last year.

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At first glance, she might look like an ordinary 14-year-old, but the petite Kensington-born Gian-Quen Isaacs is far from ordinary.

At this tender age, she has travelled the world doing what she loves most and that is figure skating.

With close to 100 medals, trophies and a South African Green Blazer for skating, the sky can only be the limit for her.

Isaacs started skating when she was only seven and she has fallen deeply in love with the sport through the years.

“When I started skating, I was into ice hockey because it looked like a lot of fun so my mother and I decided that I join the Junior Blades Ice Skating Club. That is where I was introduced to a whole new world,” she says.

Isaacs said skating gave her a sense of belonging.

The head coach of the club at the time then introduced the little girl to her current coach, Megan Allely, who later introduced her to figure skating.

Like any other sportman, training takes up a lot of her time.

“This [skating] is all I do. I do not have time to be doing anything else.”

The sport has offered Isaacs the opportunity to travel to places she had never knew existed.

Her first international trip was to Croatia where she was ranked 13th in the Basic Novice section of the 2017 Golden Bear competition.

In the same year, Isaacs became the only South African figure skater to win a gold medal at the Santa Claus Cup in Budapest.

“Competing in Budapest was a highlight for me because I competed against people from over 72 countries and I managed to come first,” she says.

Her ultimate goal is to one day compete at the world Olympics, but first, she has her eyes on the 2020 Junior Olympics.

“Competing in the Junior Olympics would mean so much for me because that would be a step closer to the Olympics,” Isaacs says.

In order to compete internationally, Isaacs said that she is in need of sponsorship to fund her sport and the training it requires.

“I really want to be ready for more competitions and for me to be able to do that, I will need to attend training in Canada this coming winter that will help me be ready for those competitions.”

On her previous trip last year, Isaacs’s family spent over R138 000 for her and her coach to attend the competition.

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