Campbelltown figure skater beats injury
 
Campbelltown - Macarthur Advertiser
18 February, 2009. By Sean Cunningham
 

ST Andrews figure skater Cheltzie Lee is on track to achieve her goal of representing Australia at the Winter Olympics.

She produced a great performance earlier this month at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver, Canada.

Lee, who trains at Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink with the Sydney Figure Skating Club, placed 13th out of 24 of the world's best during the first Olympic test event ahead of the 2010 Games.

Lee's strong showing has boosted Australia's hopes of securing a spot in the Olympic figure skating competition.

But the 15-year-old has done it the hard way to reach her goals.

She sustained multiple stress fractures along her spine after a car accident in the US in December 2007 on her way to a training session.

A back scan revealed the fractures when she returned to Australia and she was told to consider quitting the sport.

She started a recovery program under the guidance of coach Kylie Fennell, physios and sports scientists. Fennell believes Lee's injuries will not ruin the teenager's Olympic goals.

``It's going to be an injury that we just manage the whole training program we do is based around the injury,'' Fennell said. ``She's a very determined competitor, she's very passionate about the sport and she's set herself goals.''

Lee's next competition is the world championships in Los Angeles, next month.

A top 24 finish will win Australia an Olympic berth.