Macleans College student Ruth Xu was first in the senior category at the Figure Skating National Championships.
Ruth was the highest-scoring female in the competition held recently in Dunedin
The Year 11 student from Upham House also won the Junior Ladies category in 2019 at the same event.
Ruth Xu of Macleans College New Zealand prepares prior to Junior Ladies Short Program at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Grand Prix de Courchevel in Courchevel, France. Photo by Maja Hitij – International Skating Union (ISU)/International Skating Union via Getty ImagesLast year, Ruth represented New Zealand at a Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France.
This year she was due to compete in a Junior Grand Prix in Yokohama, Japan but this was cancelled due to Covid-19.
Ruth, who started skating four years ago, says that for some, that would be considered late.
“From a young age, my parents have taught me that anything I truly set my mind to is achievable and I never stopped believing in that,” she says.
“Next year, if international competitions are resumed, I hope to qualify for Junior Worlds and realise my dream.”