By Mark Etheridge
Three excited young South African figure skaters head north to the ISU World Development Trophy in Poland next month.
Organised by the Polish Figure Skating Federation for the fourth year running, the event will be hosted by the city of Gdansk and features skaters from Europe, Asia and Africa.
The Trophy is an event for junior skaters who will face two days of competition on 11-12 April followed by a five-day training camp.
Former competitive skater Dino Quattrocecere of Gauteng is the coach who will accompany the three skaters to Europe.
A seven-time senior SA champion, Quattrocecere was the first male skater to represent SA at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994.
The recent Winter Youth Olympics were also held at the same venue where Elizabeth Olivier was South Africa’s sole representative.
The three skaters who will be strutting their stuff for SA will be Jaydean Brits (14) from Gauteng (left in picture), Donatella Glatter (12, right) also from Gauteng and Sinali Sango (12) from the Western Cape.
It’s Brits’ second Development Trophy after having been to the World Development Trophy in Philippines two years ago where she got a third place.
Glatter is representing South Africa for the first time internationally while Sango, above, is the current SA Novice champion.