Dazzle in first year as juniors

It’s no secret Andrew Beattie and Madison Bright skate rings around their fellow competitors.

Both are decorated artistic roller skaters who regularly impress at contests in Australian and around the world.

Now they have something new to celebrate – capping off their first season competing as juniors, after finishing the year in the best possible way: on the podium.

Both 17-year-olds clinched medals at the 2019 World Skate Oceania Artistic Championships held in Melbourne in October.

Despite suffering an injury, Beattie dazzled in the junior men’s solo dance to finish in first place in the event. Meanwhile, Bright displayed her spectacular style to earn second place in the junior international solo dance category along with fourth in the junior international figures.

For Beattie, it was a hard-earned gold medal. The Dalyellup resident tore a ligament in his right ankle during a warm-up and had to withdraw from couple’s dance.

“I still skated the second half of the event – and I did win,” Beattie said.

“It was a pretty good lesson overall to learn how to deal with the whole situation effectively in the future.”

Bright is pleased with the results.

“It’s our first year in juniors, so really happy, really stoked with the placings,” Bright said.