She slams her morning alarm and swings her legs out of bed. A pang shoots from her heel up into her calf. Yesterday’s fall flashes back into mind and simultaneously, excitement bubbles to get back onto the ice and nail that triple flip.
Belvina has been skating since she was three but this is her first high-level competitive year as a junior. She takes on the challenge of going back to nationals but she has a lot of training before then.
She can’t pinpoint what she loves most about the sport. It has to be something special to keep her at the rink six days a week for four hours a day (don’t worry she gets Christmas off).
“Jumping, spinning and skating really fast. I love pretty much everything,” she says.
Belvina is a true go-getter. On Saturdays, her only day off, Belvina goes to Chinese language school, volunteers at her local community garden and takes vocal lessons. She calls it "balance in her life". Her musicality is apparent in the grace of her skating and the way she feels the music. It is one of her biggest strengths off- and on-ice.
A lot of time is spent on the road with around five competitions throughout the Lower Mainland, BC and one or two across Canada, if she advances.
Mom and dad don't mind all the driving to competitions or daily practice. They are so proud of her dedication to her training and love watching her out on the ice, where her passion for skating comes alive.
Belvina’s favourite competition was at the 2009 Skate Canada Sectionals when she competed at the juvenile level and placed second. She’s proud of her medal but even more proud about how she handled her skate on the day.
Belvina caught an edge and fell but she didn’t even take a second to think about what to do next. She bounced back up and put the slip out of her mind as if it never happened.
“It was a really fun skate and I was really proud of myself,” she said.
It’s her dream to represent Canada one day at an international competition.
“Olympics would be nice,” Belvina says of her big dream.
“I think it’s in every competitive skater’s dreams," her mom says. "But it’s important to take it day by day.”
Wise words mom! While it's important to have big goals, it's all about what steps you take to get there that make you stronger.