skater returns to form
Article by Graham Croker, courtesy
of The University of Sydney
University ice skater Joanne Carter made a welcome return
to form at the World University Games in Tarvisio, Italy.
was pleased to finish 4th in the women's short program and
6th in the freestyle program after spending two years out
of the sport with a knee injury. The 1998 Nagano Olympian,
who has still not fully recovered from the injury, has been
juggling a sporting career with a degree in physiotherapy
at the University's Cumberland campus. The 22-year-old has
two clinical sessions to complete her degree. The final
five-week clinical will be at Homebush Sports Centre, a
place she came to know only too well during her own recovery.
injury came after a brilliant junior career, capped by selection
for the Nagano games. After failing to qualify for the Salt
Lake City games last year, the former scholarship holder
at Sydney University extended her career goals to take in
the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and the 2007 World
University Winter Games at the same venue.
is her determination to make up lost ground that she deferred
her last clinical session to attend the Australian Championships,
from which the top three skaters are selected for the World
Championships. In finishing second, she also qualified for
the World University Winter Games.
will depart for Europe in April to gain some hard competition
before returning to Australia to contest the national titles
in Brisbane in December.
began ice-skating as a four-year-old in Blacktown before
alternating between the Macquarie Centre and Canterbury
rinks. She is now training at the Norwest Business Park
rink at Castle Hill. She attended Mount St Benedict College
at West Pennant Hills before enrolling at Sydney University.
Carter's 12th place at the Nagano Games was the best ever
result by an Australian figure skater in a discipline dominated
by northern hemisphere competitors.
In the same year she won the National Senior title, finished
13th of 40 in the World Championships and broke her international
drought with a gold medal in a competition at Piruetten
Her four-minute singles program includes five triple jumps
and a double axel.
sights are not only set on Olympic and World Championship
success. While the sporting side of physiotherapy or paediatrics
are major options, she is also contemplating a career in