On June 5, 2012 Canadian Pairs Champion Eric Radford spent his day touring area public schools talking to students about his career in figure skating and what it takes to follow your dreams. Addressing all age groups the athlete, who came 5th in the world this year with partner Meaghan Duhamel, told stories of growing up in the Red Lake District and Kenora where he was often teased about his participation in figure skating and gymnastics which he says are often considered female sports.
“[When at the schools] I was talking about what it is like growing up in a small town – having big dreams and all the hard work, the ups and downs that there were,” Radford told the Northern Sun News last week. “I guess just trying to inspire them.”
Radford also took questions from students that ranged in topic from his training regime, world travel, his partner Duhamel, where he grew up, and that time he was crowned the toughest guy in sports. He also visited Red Lake District High School on June 6th and spent time with skaters from his former home club on June 7th.
When asked what’s next in his career the athlete said “Meaghan and I hit all of our goals this year so next year we are going to try to aim a little higher. We want to win nationals, make the grand prix final and then win a medal at worlds in Canada next year. Getting our new programs this year, we already have our new short program – we are getting our long program and it is just mastering those programs as much as possible. We have our first little competition in August and our first major competition in October.”
Radford is currently on holidays visiting family and friends and will be back in the arena next month preparing for the team’s first major competition of the upcoming season in October.