An interview with the Olympic Figure & Dance Club, Melbourne
June, 2005

OFDC: How many hours per week do you train?

Joanne: I train 6 mornings and 4 afternoons per week on the ice, and each session lasts for approximately 2hrs. In addition I also do some off-ice training, which varies in type and in duration throughout the season. On-ice training always takes priority and occupies the majority of training time, and everything else is done to compliment what we are doing on the ice at that particular time.

OFDC: What other types of training do you do eg Ballet, aerobics, cycling?

Joanne: Mostly running/jogging for fitness. Some flexibility and stability work as well…things that Galina (my coach) and I feel will be a positive adjunct to my skating.

OFDC: What are your hopes for the Olympics and Worlds next year?

Joanne: I would like to have 2 personal best performances in the Olympics…and obviously finish as high as possible! Now with the new judging system you can have a ‘personal best’ score…and that’s always the aim when you are competing – to go and be better than the last time! As far as a particular placement goes – I have no control over that, that is in the hands of the judges…but I think if I perform to my best, I will come away satisfied with the result…that being said, I am certainly aiming for as high a placing as possible!

OFDC: What do you do for a living and also when you are not skating (that is if you have any spare time)?

Joanne: I'm a qualified physiotherapist, but unfortunately with my training schedule, I don’t get to work on a regular basis. I do, however, do some physiotherapy coverage for gymnastics competitions every now and again, along with helping out all the family and friends that have an injury or two! I also do a small amount of skating coaching when I can. Because a huge amount of my time is taken up with training, I do enjoy relaxing and taking it easy with friends and family…making the most of the beautiful Aussie sunshine!!!

OFDC: How long do you wish to keep competing for?

Joanne: I love competing, so I want to compete for as long as I can…Or at least as long as my body will let me! Travelling the world doing something I love is my idea of the perfect ‘job’. When I stop enjoying competing at a high level, (or when my body can’t perform the way I want it to because of injury etc) I know its time to retire and move on to other things.

OFDC: What would you like to do when you finish skating competitively?

Joanne: I would love to have a career in sports physio. To be a physiotherapist to an Australian Olympic Team, travel with them and experience international competition from a different perspective (other than as an athlete) and eventually open my own Sports Physiotherapy practice would be fantastic. There are so many possibilities waiting for me when I retire from competing…its an exciting prospect!

OFDC: What advice would you give to a young skater who has just started?

Joanne: Work hard, and never ever give up…you never know what is possible until you give it everything you’ve got. No regrets. My dad always said “The harder you work…the luckier you are” and that’s very true!