A pair of Cambodian figure skaters represent the kingdom in Melbourne, Australia at the Oceania International Novice Figure Skating Competition 2018.
Heng Sireya and Brian Soth Ponleu have been selected to represent Cambodia, with Sireya, a gold medalist at national level, competing in the Best Novice A – Ladies category. Ponleu will be up against challengers in the Best Novice A – Men category.
Speaking prior to departure, American coach of the Cambodian squad Rick Reyor told media the opportunity to attend was one that could not be missed.
“It’s huge for Cambodian skaters to go to Australia. It’s hard enough to get a visa but for competition this is big,” said coach Reyor who has been at the helm since early this year.
Long Sotheary, secretary general of the kingdom’s Ice Skating Federation, earlier had said the annual competition would see 40 contestants take part.
“The federation is fortunate to be able to help national team members to compete on the international stage,” said Ms. Sotheary. “This year’s edition will also be bigger than last year.” Official practice for competitors begins today with the three-day competition proper getting underway tomorrow.
Cambodia’s national figure skating team currently consists of nine skaters – thirteen in total including junior members and reserves. The team currently train out of Ice Park on the fourth floor of Aeon Mall.