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Year Awarded: 2017
Sport: Figure Skating
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Kailani Craine - Figure Skating

Kailani was very competitive from her first competion which was held at her local rink at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. After a few competitions at home, Kailani began to travel a little further abroad to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to compete. But never in her wildest dreams could she imagine that she would travel to compete and train across Europe, Asia and the USA.

Kailani lives in NSW Australia and trains 6 days a week. She proudly represents the Hunter Ice Skating Club but tries to get over to her "home away from home" at the Toyota Center in El Segundo, California USA for around 4 to 8 weeks each year.

"I started skating when I was 8 years old at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Newcastle NSW, Australia and since then, I have literally not stopped."

Kailani is truly grateful to be part of the fantastic skating community in Australia and now around the world.

"Figure skating is an amazing and exciting sport. It's traditional yet cutting edge and always evolving. It's extremely technical, highly creative, at times can be completely brutal, but it can also create some of the most awe-inspiring sporting moments. I simply love being on the ice in front of a massive crowd, the bigger the better. You don't always have to be in first place to steal the show. I love performing and I love being a figure skater!"

In 2016 Kailani was awarded one of the five SAHOF Scholarships.



                                                                             

 


Mentor:  Kerri Pottharst OAM
Hero:  Mao Asada and Evan Lysacek

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.