Chantelle Kerry is skating in the tracks of her mother Monica MacDonald who represented Australia in figure skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Kerry has been skating since she was 18-months-old. She briefly explored gymnastics and was a junior state champion before returning to her true passion, figure skating at the age of eight.
Training at Macquarie Ice Skating Club, Kerry is coached by her mother and hero Monica. She has enjoyed consistent success as Australia’s leading junior figure skater, winning the national junior ladies title in 2010 and 2011. Kerry is a member of the Australian High Performance Squad (tier 1) alongside young Olympian Cheltzie Lee who made her Olympic debut in Vancouver at the age of 16.
The Cheltenham Girls High School student has competed on the international circuit, recording a 13th place finish at the ISU Junior Grand Prix and 24th place at the Tallin Cup in 2011.
School: Cheltenham Girls High School, Cheltenham NSW
Studying in 2012: Year 10
Club: Macquarie Ice Skating Club
Coach: Monica MacDonald, Kylie Fennell
2010, 2011 Australian Figure Skating Championships- 1st junior ladies
2011 New Zealand Winter Games- 2nd junior ladies
2011 Hollins Trophy- 1st senior ladies
Member of Australian High Performance Squad 2011
Member Australian Team for Junior Grand Prix event in Brisbane 2011
Member Australian Team for 2011 New Zealand Winter Games
Kerry is not the only family member to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her brother Brendan Kerry is also an international representative in figure skating and has competed in the World Junior Championships and Four Continents Championships.
Kerry’s polished free dance routine is based on the music from Alice in Wonderland.
I would like to perform in ice shows such as Disney On Ice for a short while after I finish competing. After that I want to study sport psychology and coach figure skating.
Favourite food....... MacDonalds and Spaghetti Bolognaise
Favourite gadget....... My phone
Hobbies....... Window shopping, chatting online with friends, watching tv
Sports Hero....... My mum
I began this sport....... I began this sport when I was 18 months old because my mum is a coach and it was easier for her to have me on the ice with her rather than be running around. At the age of six I was selected into the elite gymnastics program and I was the state champion on vault, but my passion was always for figure skating and when I was eight-years-old (2006) I went back to the ice and began training.