Eadie gets her skates on - again
NEVER say never. That should be the motto for artistic roller skater Michelle Eadie.
Two years after lacing up her skates again following a 20-year stint on the sidelines, the 39-year-old has been chosen to represent her country for the first time.
It is a victory for never giving up on a childhood dream.
A competitive skater as a child, Eadie retired from the sport as a teenager to "get on with life" but no matter where she went or what she did the desire to skate again always burned.
Three years ago after a move to Ipswich with her RAAF husband Ewan, Eadie found herself at the Bundamba skate centre and the rest, as they say, is history.
With her place on the Australian team for next year's Oceania and Asia Pacific Championships now secure, Eadie has had a chance to reflect on her journey.
"When I first started again my aim was to get to see if I could get to Oceania's," Eadie said.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would actually get selected.
"To be in the team now is just such a privilege, I'm absolutely thrilled.
"It's been pretty amazing to me that I've managed to reach his level such a short time after returning to skating.
"There's been a bloody lot of hard work that's gone into it though."
To understand this skater's commitment to her dream, one needs only to look at the odometer on her car.
After originally making her comeback on the Skateaway rink at Bundamba, Eadie has spent the last year travelling to the Gold Coast and Albany Creek to undertake her training regime.
With her coach based at Runaway Bay, Eadie racks up hundreds of kilometres a week in pursuit of her shot at skating glory.
"Training has been very difficult recently because I'm working between the two rinks," Eadie said.
"In addition, I do a ballroom dancing class once a week here in Ipswich plus hours of cardio training."
If the draining travel schedule isn't enough the Flinders View resident has also had to recover from a badly broken wrist suffered in a training accident.
"Falls are just part of life for a skater," Eadie said.
"The accident put me out of action for around three months but I'm trilled to be back competing again."
At 39, Eadie knows her competitive window is short and she intends to make the most of what ever time she has left on the rink.
"I'm one of those people that just takes each day as it comes," she said.
"If you love something you should do it for as long as you possibly can and that's why I'm doing this now."