Ice Skating: Clara Peters takes Bronze – a first ever medal for an Irish skater in Senior International Competition
At the annual ‘Skate Down Under’ Championships in Sydney, Australia, Clara Peters took bronze in the senior ladies event.
It was another ground-breaking moment for Irish skating as it marks the first time that an Irish skater has medalled at a senior international competition.
Skating to music from the “Downton Abbey” soundtrack, Peters executed two Level 4 spins and two double axel. A triple salchow was just short on rotation, but it now appears just a matter of time before she is successful with the most difficult element in her programmes.
The Dubliner came second in the free skating segment of the competition with a score of 63.96 points, but she had to be content with third place with a total of 97.75 points.
Nevertheless, this represents a promising start to the season for Peters who is now looking ahead to her next event in just three weeks’ time in Salt Lake City, Utah. Five weeks from now, she will also be vying to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi when she participates in the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany.
I've loved every minute in Australia! I don't want to leave, but if I must I'll happily take home my new bronze medal. #skatedownunder
— Clara Peters (@clarajosie119) August 22, 2013
HERE IS VIDEO OF CLARA EARLIER IN THE YEAR