Bri Seekford has some advice for aspiring figure skaters.
“Keep your head up and be confident in what you can do,” said Seekford. “Don’t be afraid.”
She’s lived by that since she was four years old. Now a senior at Ursuline, when Seekford is not training herself, she spends a lot of time training younger skaters.
“I love getting little kids involved with the sport because I know how much it affected my life.”
Competing in intermediate short and long programs, Seekford has earned first place at countless regional tournaments throughout her career. She is a USFS Gold medalist in the test series, which is the equivalent to the highest level black belt in karate. Ironically, her favorite part of skating comes when she leaves the ice.
“Some people get an adrenalin rush from going down a roller coaster. I just get it from launching myself in the air and trying to find myself and hoping I come down on one foot.”
A place she doesn’t just skate by, is the classroom. Seekford has a 3.89 grade point average and plans to attend YSU to pursue a degree in physical therapy, with an emphasis on cardiology and pulmonary research. Her approach on the ice parallels the effort in the classroom.
“I know every time I walk in here I’m working for a purpose. I just have to keep my head down and keep pushing until I achieve the goals I’m working to achieve.”
Bri is active off the ice as a member of National Honor Society, Students of Stewardship, InterAct, as well as being a Student Ambassador at Ursuline. She is also a teacher in the Learn to Skate Program and the Little Pens Learn to Play Program.
For her marks as a skater and as a student, Bri Seekford is our Student Athlete of the Week.[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/iframe?aspect_ratio=3x2&auto_start=0&pf_id=9626&rel=3&show_title=0&va_id=3997614&volume=8&windows=1 service=syndicaster width=425 height=330 type=iframe]