XTORK LEARNS MORE ABOUT THE WORLD OF FIGURE SKATING THROUGH BIANKA PADAR, A FORMER INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATE CHAMPION FROM HUNGARY AND CURRENTLY THE HEAD COACH OF THE FIGURE SKATING TEAM IN QATAR.
When Bianka was 6 years old, she received her first pair of figure skates as birthday gift from her parents. Her grandparents used to take her out to the ice rink to skate for fun, until the coaches noticed her and applauded her for her talent. From there, the coaches convinced her grandparents to enroll her for a class as a try out “It was a love at first sight”. My practices started at 6 am every morning and I remember my mother being annoyed to wake up that early but I always pushed her take me to the rink.” Bianka’s ice skating career kicked off and she has never looked
back since. Bianka went on to compete for the European and World Junior Championship three times and even won a senior silver medalist in Hungary. She recalls her best memory in the rink when she first competed at the European Championship in 2005. “I had to skate for the very first time in my life in front of thousands of people. I remember being so nervous and scared when I first stepped on the ice rink and looked around the stadium. The nerves disappeared when I started to perform and I managed to give one of my best performances ever.”
Bianka moved to Qatar in 2013 to become the Head coach of the only figure skating team in Qatar. She believes that there is a lot of potential for the sport to grow in Qatar. At the moment, the team has two Qatari figure skaters, which happen to be sisters, and have competed internationally. “Winter sports in Qatar are getting more popular by the day. I hope that more Qatari nationals would be interested in figure skating in the future.” Bianka is a strong advocator of figure skating, especially for young children. She says, “Skating teaches children to balance on ice, which improves flexibility general skeletal muscles and at the same time it is a lot of fun!”