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.
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.