Packing his bags for Italy

It’s the letter every athlete wants to receive: written correspondence stating that they have been selected to represent their country.

And last week, emerging skater and South West Academy of Sport talent Andrew Beattie received official notification that he will be part of the Australian team contesting this year’s second Artistic World Cup.

To be held in Trieste, Italy in May, the tournament is one of two semi-final events being held in the lead-up to the final in Germany.

Beattie will contest the junior men’s solo dance category, putting on his skates for both solo style dance and solo free dance.

The skaters who gain the highest technical scores during the semi-finals will be eligible to compete at the penultimate event scheduled for mid-year.

“I’m looking forward to the fact that it is basically another world championships because the standard will be that high again, like in Barcelona last year,” Beattie said.

“And it will just be good to get the experience on the floor on the world stage.”

The Year 12 Dalyellup College student, who is juggling his ATAR studies with his time in the rink, travels to compete at competitions in Australia and around the globe as he pursues his sporting goals.

Last year, the 2019 Australian Junior Skater of the Year contested the World Roller Games in Spain.

“I would like to do as many world championships as I possibly can,” Beattie said.

“And if I get the opportunity to do the Olympics, then I would like to do that.”