Camira skater Cynthia Spencer is enjoying a tremendous run of team success at national level.
Camira skater Cynthia Spencer is enjoying a tremendous run of team success at national level.

Regional duo savour fine feats

NOVEMBER senior sport star Cynthia Spencer appreciates every moment of success in her precision team sport.

With three young children and working part-time, the Camira competitor enjoys being part of a national title-winning synchronised figure skating team called Chill Factor.

After sharing in Queensland’s latest Australian championship success in Melbourne, she’s keen to chase another title next year.

“Hopefully we can go for a three-peat,” she said, having also been part of the Queensland adult team that won last year’s national title after finishing second in 2008.

“I love it. It’s great fun.”

Cynthia, 31, has been skating for more than 15 years. She had a 10-year break before returning to the sport about four years ago.

She has been to many state championships and her latest national campaign was her fourth as one of 16 ice skaters in the state-based team.

The ice skaters have to rehearse different formations and footwork for a three-and-a-half minute synchronised program.

Cynthia said it was tough at times having to travel across Brisbane to join her Queensland teammates. But she said winning at national level made the training, travelling and competition worthwhile.

“It’s dedication and commitment,” she said.

“We all work. We’ve all got kids.

“It’s harder to find the time, especially to travel to Boondall from the Ipswich area.

“But the major thing is the enjoyment of it and the challenge to try and win competitions.”

Cynthia is the senior November winner in the 2010/2011 Queensland Times City of Ipswich Sports Awards, backed by the Ipswich City Council.

Another fine achiever is November junior winner Jake Hooper.

Touch football fanatic Jake has made Queensland school and state club teams for the past four years.

He represented the Queensland under-16 club team that lost only one match – 7-6 to Auckland – on its seven-game tour of New Zealand last month. That was his second trip with Queensland to New Zealand.

Jake, 16, has been playing touch football since he was eight.

He has represented Met West, Queensland school, South West and Queensland club teams over the past six years.

He plays A-grade in the Ipswich and Brisbane men’s competitions, winning his recent grand final for the Uni Devils.

Jake also plays rugby league for Norths and Diggers in Ipswich.

The halfback/five-eighth has been selected in the Diggers under-18 team for 2011.

“I want to make Diggers next year and see where I go from there in league,” he said.

“In touch, I want to hopefully make Australian sides in the next couple of years.”

Sport Excellence Bursary recipients for November:


Frank Kuresa (athletics): Selected in the Metropolitan West squad, where he finished first (100m) and third (200m) at the state championships. These achievements earned Frank a place in the Queensland Primary School Track and Field team at the national championships in Sydney.

Matthew Frohmuller (golf): Played at the Australian 12 years and under championships and was selected in the Queensland team for the second year in a row.

Jake Hooper (touch): see main story.


Cynthia Spencer (figure skating): see main story.

Top junior and senior achievers in the region can be nominated for Sport Excellence Bursaries on the form below.

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