Sutkiewicz Takes Gold At Badger State Games
Story by: Sara Schrank
In high school everyone pays attention to the sports that the school offers, but no one recognizes the other sports that aren’t available in school, such as figure skating.
In Sheboygan, there is one main place to ice skate, and that is Blue Line. Blue Line is a place where the hockey team plays, where open skate is available and where the Sheboygan Lakers figure skating team practice.
The Sheboygan Lakers are a figure skating team, which is made up of girls from Sheboygan county. Only one person from South is on the team and that is freshman Gemma Sutkiewicz.
She has been skating for 11 years of her life and competing in all different types of competition for 10 years. Every year the Sheboygan Lakers do the Badger State Games where you compete with skaters from all over the state.
If you place in the top three of your category, you qualify for nationals, which is in Hershey, Pennsylvania this year.
Sutkiewicz has been to nationals three times and has won in all of them. She competes in solos, duets, group numbers and synchronized skating.
Sutkiewicz stated, “Most people think that skating is just pretty outfits and twirls on ice, but it’s a lot more than that. Skating takes a lot of skill and coordination.”
In the past, the group skating at Badger State Games, the Sheboygan Lakers, have skated to multiple numbers including Toy Story, Annie, Greece, Peter Pan and Black Swan.
Some of Sutkieticz’s biggest accomplishments are winning at national competitions in solo and group events. “When you are up on the medal stand you know that your hard work has paid off.”
The Sheboygan Lakers practice on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. They have to work around all the open skate and hockey games and practices at Blue Line so sometimes they even have practice during open skate. The Lakers perform at competitions year round but mostly on the weekends in the winter. The Synchronized teams preform at JV and varsity hockey games to show the community what they have been working on.
Figure skating is not a high school sport as of right now, but the Sheboygan Lakers are looking into starting a school club to get more girls involved.