Skater figures on a few bumps on way to top

SHANIA Sime isn't afraid to take the physical knocks in training to become a top figure skater.

The teenager is competing at the National Figure Skating titles in Melbourne, with her event, the primary women's category, on today, Wednesday.

Shania is entered in a field of 29.

After a six-minute warm-up all competitors are individually judged during a three-minute routine.

Competitors are judged on presentation, choreography and skating skills.

"I've had my share of bumps and bruises," Shania said.

But the knocks and scrapes on the ice don't deter the 13-year-old in her quest to win a national title.

"This is my first national title [competition]," she said.

"I would like to win a medal."

Shania qualified for the nationals by finishing second in the recent NSW titles.

Shania's mother, Ingrid Sime, said her daughter has had her share of injuries preparing for competition.

"Shania has injured her hip and had the bumps and bruises," Ingrid said.

Shania started ice skating when she was seven.

She trains five days a week, coached by Liz Cain and Sean Carlow at Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink.

Shania said she was busy combining skating and school work at Thomas Hassall Anglican College, Middleton Grange.

The year 7 student has the support of her peers and teachers.

"Shania is focused and dedicated to figure skating," teacher Steve Moynan said.

"We wish her well in Melbourne."

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