What challenges, if any, did you face when Phebe began training as an elite athlete?
It wasn’t just the ice dancing but all the logistics that comes with it. We were new to the sport ourselves with little knowledge of the detail that sits behind it all. Learning the rules and ethics of the sport, understanding the scoring, the learning paths, finding and editing music for programmes, finding costumes, submissions to competitions, getting her to and from the ice rink in the early mornings ahead of school time.
We soon realised that for Phebe to progress, we had to make it our own hobby and fully immerse ourselves in it, which we did.
The first and most important consideration was how to juggle sport training with school work. On talking to Phebe’s teachers, we realised that it wasn’t possible for her to continue with mainstream education. Homeschooling was discussed but we had little knowledge of how this worked.