ICE skater Ziah Burns, 8, of Seven Hills came up tops in the National Aussie Skate Competition in the ACT last week.
She came first in her new intermediate 2 category, the second time she had competed at the level, at Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre in Canberra.
Ziah was placed third the first time she first skated at the level in Melbourne’s Ice House in Docklands recently.
She will skate in the freeskate 1 division in the next Aussie Skate Competition at Penrith Ice Palace next month.
‘‘Ziah loves skating and taking part in competitions. She also loves travelling, meeting new friends and catching up with the friends she made in competitions,’’ her mum, Suzette Po-Williams said.
She is a member of Norwest Figure Skating Club in Bella Vista and travelled with six others, including two who won their events.
Sienna Atkinson came third in tiny tots category, Cooper Young, second in preliminary men, Kristen Hill, first in novice, Summer Atkinson, second in novice, Becky Chang, fourth in freeskate and Alyssa Hobson, sixth in freeskate.
Ziah and her best friend Becky Chang did very well in the Aussie Skate competition at Macquarie Ice Rink earlier this year.
Ziah came first in the novice category while twelve-year-old Becky got the first prize in the intermediate.
‘‘The wins are awesome and the trophies are really cool, but I love the competitions,’’ Ziah said.
‘‘They are fun and I get to hang out with all the other girls I skate with.’’
Both girls are dreaming big young dreams and have plans; NSW competitions, nationals, overseas titles and then the Olympics.
They have attributed their early successes to their love of skating and their coach Katherine Chong-O’Neil’s mentoring.