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Figure Skater fitness Figure Skater Fitness (FSF): Tell us about your skating career and your greatest accomplishments in the sport. Signe: I started skating when I was 8.5 years old in 1996 at East York Skating Club in Toronto, ON. In 1998, I joined the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club to train with Ellen Burka and Petra Burka. By the time I turned 12, I was landing all of my triple jumps. In 2001, I was the Canadian Junior Ladies Bronze Medalist at age 13. Right after Nationals that year, I switched clubs to train at the Granite Club. I went to multiple Junior Grand Prix (JGP) events over the next few years. My first year on the JGP circuit, I medalled at both my events in France and Italy, which qualified me to the Junior Grand Prix Finals in Holland. This was probably my biggest accomplishment. I remember my coach Mrs. Burka and I were in tears celebrating because not only

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was I the second Canadian to ever make the JGP finals, it was going to be held in her home country. It was a very special moment. From there I went to Junior Worlds in Czech Republic.

FSF: What did you do after competitive skating? Signe: When I turned 16, every-

thing changed with my skating. My body started changing, and my jumps became more inconsistent and that’s when the injuries started piling on. I ended my career in 2006, with a top 10 finish at Nationals in Senior Ladies. For me it was a really depressing end to my competitive career. I left feeling like I had never reached the level of competition I wanted to. I was at a crossroad when I turned 18. It was a tough decision, but I decided that I wanted to go to school and start a different life.

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In 2010, I graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours in Bachelor of Arts, where I studied political science, psychology and bioethics. When I finished university, I was offered a job at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Consulting.

FSF: So how did you get into fitness? Signe: When I quit competitive skating, I couldn’t

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just leave the sport. It was a huge part of me and I so badly wanted to keep that passion alive. While I was in universality I started coaching and for two summers I skated in the ice show at Canada’s Wonderland. I also competed for my university in Varsity events and won the OUA Championships two years in a row. After that, I decided to focus more on school the last two years of undergrad because I was working full time and going to school full time.

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