Mary Irene Wins in Figure Skating

Mary Irene Itchayatikun has recently won a gold medal in the “Level 2 Girls” during the 2020 Thailand National Figure Skating Championship that was held from October 8-11, 2020. Click here for the results!

The 2020 Thailand National Figure Skating Championship is under the support of the Figure and Speed Skating Association of Thailand (FSAT) and the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

Irene is in the 5th grade this year and is the daughter of Siree and Melinda Itchayatikun. She has been winning gold medals for the past two years and has been training since 2017 at Skate Academy, Thailand. In 2018, she underwent more intensive training under her Thai coach, Coach Anchana and started competing in national and international competitions. To take her skills further, Irene studied under Coach Sergei Kulbach, a Ukrainian Coach who has won many national titles in his country and also competed at the 2011 World Championships. Irene has improved and developed her skills through her new coach.

Check out her performance through the link below:

First steps get you child in becoming a figure skater

Irene has been skating for many years. It takes practice and dedication. Some parents are interested in sending their children for figure skating. No matter whether your kids are learning for fun or planning to skate competitively, there are programs around Bangkok that will teach them fundamental skills that they need for figure skating.

Irene started her lessons when she was 7 years old. Skating schools accept students around 5 to 6 years of age as they have the balance and coordination needed to master the more complex movements of figure skating.

Another tip to help you child is to begin skating together as a family at a local skating rink, such as Major Skate or other skating facility. Warm them up by letting them walk on the ground in their skates before taking them onto the ice. Let them know that they’ll fall – everybody does  – and that falls are just a part of skating.

Many facilities will rent skates – and helmets, which are mandatory in many jurisdictions – that you can wear to start. When your kids start bugging you to go to the rink every day, you can then buy some good ones at the mall or sports mall in FBT.

The skills they need

Figure skaters need to be able to glide, spin, turn, jump, hop, skip, and stop.

They also need to develop agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, and the speed that comes from the explosive “quickness” of muscles.

Understanding rhythm – being able to skate to a beat – is also important for figure skaters.

Bottom line

Start somewhere! Whether it's skating or other sports, expose your children as early as possible to give them the chances to discover what they like. To be like Irene, a world class skater takes practice and dedication.