Kia Blackburn reaches Novices.

Posted: 10th June 2013

Kia Blackburn from ISS MK has qualified for the South East region of the IJS Novices.

Kia, who trains at ISS Milton Keynes started skating at the age of 3 and has never looked back. At 6 years of age her training stepped up and her commitment grew.

Her mum and coach Lana Blackburn has been a huge support and encouragement to Kia’s development and understands the level of input Kia needs to help her development having been a reserve herself for the Russian Junior Olympic team in Moscow. Kia also works with a number of other coaches from the ISS MK team, Vadim Musim Level 5 Coach and Dancing on Ice Pro Vicky Ogden for choreography. Kia, who’s is NISA Level 9, is working on double axel, triple toe and triple salchow and is aiming to cleanly land theses at the Novice’s in November of this year.

Kia currently trains 6 days a week, totaling 11 hours of both on and off ice work before and after school. This is a huge commitment for someone who is so young. By being so dedicated to skating Kia doesn’t let her studies fall to way side either, currently studying at the Royal Latin in Buckingham, Kia ensures that she keeps up with school work as she understands the importance of completing her education. This schedule would be tough for anyone, getting on the ice at 6.30am and once she finishes training Kia gets the bus and makes her way to school before she comes back to the rink to train again.

This training routine will soon be made all the harder when her home rink at Planet Ice Milton Keynes will close for refurbishment and Kia, along with other skaters from ISS MK will need to relocate for the period of the closure. ISS Coventry and Planet Ice Coventry are being hugely supportive and will be providing ice time to ISS MK skaters until the re-open of Planet Ice Milton Keynes.

The timing of this closure makes it challenging for Kia with her recent achievements, as her training schedule will be crucial in her doing well at the Novices in November. Alternative arrangements means longer travelling times and earlier mornings but Kia is determined to do well.

The dedication of all our skaters is admirable and during the time of the closure at MK will really demonstrate what a great team of skaters we have at ISS MK who will all continue with their training.

Congratulations and well done to Kia in getting into the South East region of the IJS Novices.


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