Meet our first artistic roller skater

Madison Bright has glided into the history books on the way to her fourth stint representing Australia on the international stage by becoming the first artistic roller skater accepted into the South West Academy of Sport.

The Bunbury resident was among the emerging stars who recently won a highly coveted spot in the SWAS individual athlete support program.

The support and development opportunities offered through the program will come in handy as the teenager prepares not only to head to New Zealand next month for the Oceania Artistic Championships but also for taking the next step in her sporting career.

The Dalyellup College student is aiming to move from ladies youth grade to ladies junior international level next year and plans to travel to Melbourne in April to trial for the chance to represent Australia at the World Roller Games taking place in Spain during July.

The young talent is no stranger to competing on the international stage, having taken to the rink against some of the world’s finest in her age group a number of times.

Bright, who trains up to 25 hours a week including under the tutorage of coach Susan Brooks, most recently placed fourth in youth ladies dance at the Chapatim Roller Cup staged in Portugal earlier this year.

The 15-year-old’s love for roller-skating was born when she was six years old and has continued through her teens, saying she enjoys how the sport allows her to travel, meet new people and put herself to the test.

“Mum brought us to a lesson once and then I just wouldn’t stop asking to come back,” she said.