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Coach and student both off to compete in Oceania figure skating finals


Figure skating student Niamh Quinn, 15, and her coach Michelle O’Doherty are both off to represent New Zealand at the Oceania champs in Brisbane next month.

A coach and student will be cheering each other on from the rinkside when they both compete in the Oceania figure skating champs in September.

New Plymouth student Niamh Quinn, 15, and her coach Michelle O’Doherty, 35, are both headed to Brisbane next month to represent New Zealand in the sport.

It will be first time  Quinn has competed in the international competition but O’Doherty competed there when she was 16. 


Quinn began skating six years ago when she stopped taking dance classes.

She then put her competing on hold while she had children, before making a comeback and winning silver last year.

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O’Doherty only got back into the sport when she saw Quinn in a learn-to-skate class six years ago and realised her potential, and decided to coach her.


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