Emily Goobie is shown in this undated photo. — Submitted photo
Emily Goobie admits she wondered if all her effort would pay off, but then she reached a major goal so she beams with confidence.
Goobie earned a berth in the 2014 Skate Atlantica in Halifax today after placing sixth in the Skills, Tests, Achievements, Results 5 (STAR5) Girls Under-13 group at the provincial skating championships earlier this year at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook. The top six skaters in each division at provincials earned the right to be part of the Skate Newfoundland and Labrador delegation hitting the ice in Halifax this weekend.
“I felt really good about my skate. I thought it was one of my best ones,” Goobie said earlier this week of the performance that pushed her into the top six skaters.
She has been skating for seven years with the Deer Lake Figure Skating Club, so finally getting the chance to see how she stacks up against skaters from Atlantic Canada is something she plans on embracing. She’s proud to be joining a bunch of skaters from the province, and she’s excited to be one of only two Deer Lake skaters — the other being her friend Holly Fitzpatrick — earning a trip to Halifax.
“It was really crazy at first I guess just knowing that this level of competition it’s so hard now that you can actually make it to this,” she said.
She punches a lot of long hours honing her skills under coaches Mandi Coish and Patty Fitzpatrick during the long winter months in western Newfoundland. She believes getting to skate in her first Skate Atlantica is a big deal in her development as a budding skater.
“The last little while I was really considering that skating was taking up too much of my time, but after now all that hard work paid off and I’m going to Halifax,” she said.
Now that she’s arrived on this particular stage, she doesn’t want to rest on her laurels. She wants to give it her all and see how things unfold, but isn’t about to put any crazy expectations on herself knowing full well she’s going to be competing against the best in Atlantic Canada.
“Every skate I really want to make that one better than the last one,” she said. “We get scores so I just want to improve upon them, but really it’s the experience now because not many people get to go to this and it’s an honour that I get to.”
She has had the support of her family, particularly her parents Michelle and Kirk Goobie and sibling Claire, in her desire to be a strong skater and she’s thankful for all they do.
She also wanted to express her appreciation of her coaches who have grooomed her along the journey.
“I really love my coaches. They just keep motivating me to keep going,” she said. “They are so nice to me and they keep boosting up that confidence I need for the ice.”
Of course, having her friend Holly along for the ride is something she believes will make it extra special.
“She’s just generally so nice and she’s so much fun to be around so I guess that’s a better part of the trip I suppose.”
She won’t be skating without a supportive audience in Halifax. Her mom and sister, and a handful of relatives, are bound for Halifax to watch her skate. The only one missing will be her dad, who is working in Alberta.