Savannah Burden has a bronze medal to show for her young skating career, but she has a role model she looks up to that makes her believe there could be more in the future.
The 10-year-old member of the Corner Brook Silver Blades won a bronze medal in the pre-juvenile Under-11 age group at the 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Sectionals held recently at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.
Burden is a big fan of skating sensation Kaetlyn Osmond, a Marystown native who happens to be a three-time Canadian women’s singles champion and a force on the international skating stage.
Seeing a young skater from her province accomplish great things on the national and world stage has been inspiring for the Grade 5 student at Eastside Elementary.
She admits she’s a fan of Osmond because of her Newfoundland roots, but she’s quick to point out that she is a talented skater and nice to watch.
“She’s a really good figure skater and she looks like she has a lot of fun when she skates,” she said.
Having fun is something Burton has when she hits the ice. She loves learning new skills and, like a lot of young athletes playing competitive sports, this shy girl is a fan of the road trips with her fellow skaters.
Burton hopes to earn a spot at provincials again this winter and represent her province at Skate Atlantica. She likes to challenge herself so she’s excited about what she can accomplish this winter.
She’s willing to put in the work and do it with a smile on her face.
Her first trip to the medal podium was a special moment.
“I was really excited and proud,” she said.