It was a non qualifying level, and the results left the parent and coach confused. The parent wondered if it made sense to wait until the skater was in IJS level before they competed again, so they could look at the numbers and understand placement better.
As a designer, most of the time I just stick to the topic of dresses. On occasion, I do step back into the role of Skater Mom. My advice? Younger skaters are just learning how to compete, how to maintain graciousness and composure no matter the outcome, and learning how to connect practice habits with competition. I felt it was important to stick with competition, and to create the life lessons around all he various outcomes.
As a parent, I felt there was so much value in the competition beyond placement. Learning that sometimes life doesn't make sense, and there are things beyond your control, it's all part of sport participation. I tried to take the lessons learned from competition and give them broader, life lesson meanings. Figure skating has given my skater broader perspective, resilience and work ethic that I know continue to benefit long after the skating lessons have ceased.
I love to watch videos from clients. Here's a video clip from a fall competition, I always get such a thrill watching the skaters.