"Everyone is missing the ice so much"
Harriet is skating for the Lee Valley London Skating Club with the Senior B team Aura and the Adult team Orion.
Seven weeks... or almost 50 days since the rinks were closed and the British skaters were forced to put their skates away. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to announce plans about England's lockdown this Sunday. Interview with Harriet, a 29 year-old synchro skater living in London.
Member of two synchro teams, Harriet competes across two different categories (Senior B & Adult). "It means I have double the amount of training, but I love it and can't think of anything I would rather be doing!"
Two teams and a successful season
For Aura, the season 2019/20 was their first season competing at Senior B level (before the team was skating in the Mixed Age category). "We have worked really hard as a team both on and off the ice to be able to do our lift elements and we had a really successful season earning the title of British Senior B champions," explains Harriet.
Harriet is also excited about Team Orion's feats. "We have also had a really successful season placing at every competition this season and we are currently ranked the no.1 Adult team in the UK!"
Yoga and off-ice skating
"I have also started doing yoga which is really helping relieve anxiety and also is helping improve my flexibility. I do daily work out classes and regular training with our team personal trainer via video calls," she adds. Harriet also bought some 'off ice' skates to keep up the skating! "It's not quite the same as skating on the ice with my friends and teammates but I'm enjoying the new challenge!"
"I know everyone is missing the ice so much"
But that's not all. Harriet has published several funny videos on TikTok about synchro skating. "My main purpose for doing the funny videos is to make people laugh and to keep spirits up. I wanted to do something silly that other synchro skaters could relate to and make them smile as I know everyone is missing the ice so much. I love to see all the other funny synchro videos and teams doing videos together, it really helps keep us bonded in this tough time."
"This whole situation has made me realise how important synchro is to me"
For Harriet, the most important thing in these difficult times is to keep in touch with her teammates. Video calls, texts, or even writing a letter... It can really brighten up a day!
"This whole situation has made me realise how important synchro is to me and how much I miss my teams. They are like a second family to me and I cant wait to be back on the ice with them soon!" explains this energic and creative skater.