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Never Stop Learning!

March 19, 2013 by  
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Never Stop Learning!

It is my belief that a person should never stop learning and striving to improve themselves. Now more than ever technology and knowledge continue to grow at rapid speeds. Staying in the know, can give you the confidence to succeed and to make well educated decisions.

I began my skating career at the age of three and went on to be a triple US Gold Medalist. My next step was to begin coaching young skaters at a competitive level. Although I was an accomplished skater, it was my responsibility to have as much knowledge and information as I could to share with my students. I attended seminars, workshops and competitions that my skaters had not yet qualified for. I tried to stay a step ahead of the game. It paid off and, as my skaters earned the right to compete at these events, I felt prepared and was able to let my students know what to expect.

Fast forward to when my daughter was four and we thought it would be a good idea for me to stay home with her and take a break from my career. I was fortunate to be able to do this but I thought to myself, if I ever want to return I need to stay current on what is happening in my field. I was a member of the Professional  Skaters Association (PSA) and kept my membership active and always kept following the trends.

A few years later, my daughter decided that she too wanted to be a figure skater. Suddenly, I am back to work. The sport had changed dramatically with the loss of compulsory school figures and the newly developed Moves in the Field. No problem, I had already studied the video and attended every workshop that came my way. We were learning these new moves together and I had remained current.

I can keep going here, with international competition and producing ice shows…. but the message remains the same “Never stop learning”

Recently, my husband decided to move his business. All the things I learned over the years became extremely beneficial to this process. Now there were new avenues to explore and I jumped into every learning opportunity I could find. I am happy to say I feel confident that we have the knowledge to give the best possible service we can.

So this brings me to today. I recently received a pin and a letter from the PSA honoring me for 30 years of uninterrupted membership with them. They taught me a lot! This Friday I am hosting a workshop for PSA members. I have gathered together a group of presenters that I believe have some valuable and interesting information to share with their colleagues.

My goal is to share information and bring people together so they can continue to learn and grow.

Learning new things has always served me well and I encourage everyone to “Never stop learning”.

..Ilona

President IceTalent Inc

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