Annie Crocker off to nationals
AMHERST?- They say all good things come in threes, and that was definitely the case last week for Amherst figure skater Annie Crocker.
Not only did she turn 18-years-old on Tuesday but, just days before her birthday, she earned the right to represent Nova Scotia at the nationals and, also, earned the right to attend university in Newfoundland.
"Just before I skated my first program at the provincials on Friday night in Port Hawkesbury, my brother Luke called and told me I had mail from Memorial University," Crocker said. "I let him open the letter while we were on the phone and the letter said I was accepted to the kinesiology program at Memorial."
Crocker said she has been working her "butt off" to achieve both goals.
"I don't have much spare time," Crocker said. "I have a day planner and an agenda that keeps me on track every day. I have to be really organized."
Crocker began organizing her life around skating 10 years ago, at the ripe old age of eight-years-old, but said figure skating was never something she had to be pushed to do.
When she was young her dad built a rink in the back yard and Crocker's brother, who is three years older than her, would play hockey with his friends while, "I'd be jumping and twirling in the middle of the ice. I'd always be bugging my brother.
"I didn't care about the little frilly dresses, I just wanted to go, go, go and skate really fast," Crocker said, "I always loved skating."
Crocker specializes in the Gold Triathlon, which requires her to perform in three different categories; skills, interpretive and the free skate.
"I used to be really, really strong in the skills category, but everything is really well rounded this year and I feel really comfortable in all three programs," Crocker said.
For full story see Friday's edition of the Amherst Daily News