Cardio, contemporary and Broadway are all on Belvina’s intensive figure skating training itinerary. Her ballet instructor tells her to "pull up" as she pliés and later, her yoga teacher tells her to “let go” in Savasana. She must be graceful as a swan, strong as a bull, and know how to pull expression through exhaustion.
This year Belvina is polishing the same program from last season but because she is now competing at a junior level, she has increased all of her jumps from doubles to triples.
It's her goal this year to get her triple flip clean (p.s. this isn't actually a flip, it's a jump that takes off backwards using your toe pick).
She trains on the ice Sunday through Friday for at least two hours. She runs her long and short programs over - and over again - to perfect the technique of each move.
With two alternating coaches giving her advice on her technique, she has a lot of feedback to work with. It can be a lot to absorb but she loves learning.
She’s been with her head coach for five years and skates with her around twice a week. The best advice Belvina has ever been given: Don’t let what you can’t do stand in the way of what you can do.
Off-ice she spends around another two hours a day doing cardio, strength training or dance.
Cycling is one part of her cardio training but she also runs sprints on the treadmill and laps outside to build up endurance.
If she wasn’t a skater, Belvina said she would definitely be a dancer. She loves the feeling of the flowing movements in ballet. Her grace and musicality shines through on the ice in the delicate way she extends her arms and places her hands.
She also practices hip-hop, modern and Broadway - her absolute favourite. She loves acting out the different characters and practicing the fast-tempo routines with her friends.
What training outside of your sport is fun for you?