Name: Giselle Stogdale
Age in 2017: 15
Home Town: Melbourne
Years Skating: 11
How did you get into skating?
My older brother was doing it so I decided that I may as well give it a shot myself!!
What do you love most about skating?
It keeps me fit, it's fun and exciting!
What made you choose speed skating as your chosen sport?
I chose skating because I enjoy it, I like all the people that I am doing it with and I want to push myself to see how fast I can get!
Speed skating takes a lot of dedication for training, what keeps you motivated?
Thinking about what the races are going to be like at future competitions is a big motivator for me, also I try to always improve myself so that keeps me eager to keep training hard.
Do you have a favourite race in particular, like a favourite distance or particular event you enjoy the most?
I prefer to race in longer distance races such as 5km and 10km. I like the longer races because I'm better at those events and also I find them more exciting to race in.
Some racing achievements -
-1st 10km elimination Namwon Korea Open 2016
- 21st 10km points World Championships 2016
- Multiple time National Champion
- 13 time National record holder
Goals for the future:
In the future I plan to continue to train hard and keep improving, and hopefully achieve higher results at international competitions.
I love to play netball to catch up with old friends, and I also like to do a bit of art and craft when I have some free time.
Footy team: MELBOURNE DEMONS!!
Favourite food: Chocolate
Cat or dog person: 1000% cats are the best
Favourite subject: Chinese, PE
If you weren't skating, where would you be?
I think that I would probably be doing another sport at a high level! Either athletics, swimming or netball I'd say.
Apart from a skater, what do you want to be when you are older?
I am interested in medicine and the health industry so I would definitely be interested in being a doctor of some sort!
Photos by: Bernadine Geary