Moving On Up
For those of you who aren’t familiar with how skating competitions are broken up, let me explain. I tell people it’s like karate. You test into a “belt,” or a level, and you typically compete against people around your age. So unless you are in a championship event, a 21 year old skater usually would not skate against a 65 year old. Typically.
This year’s adult sectionals event is a bit strange. I logged into my competitor portal and noticed that I was placed in a higher age group. Naturally, I sent a note to the competitor chair, and her response back was that the chief referee wanted no more than 5-6 skaters in a group. And that I was placed with others close to my age. As a result, I’ll be skating with ladies in the 45-65+ age range.
Don’t make any assumptions! These ladies are VERY competitive and very talented. Some of them even place in the top 10 across the entire eastern seaboard! So although I got bumped up to a higher age bracket, my competition is still fierce.
The same thing happened with another skating friend of mine so I guess it’s a “thing” this year. Time to get practicing!
Edit: After I contacted USFSA and the local organizing committee, they moved me back into my correct age group.