Written by 2018-19 Starlights Junior and DREAM Program Member, Hailey Rosenberg
My name is Hailey Rosenberg, and I am from Deerfield, Illinois. I am excited to begin my fifth season as a member of Starlights Junior and my first season as a DREAM Skater!
My skating career began at age six, when I marched onto the ice at a local rink for my first group lesson. As I fell down and got back up time and time again, I began to feel a sense of freedom and spontaneity gliding along the ice’s surface.
This all changed at age eight, only two years after my first steps on the ice. As I watched synchronized skating for the first time in my rink’s annual ice show, there was something so mesmerizing about a team flying across the ice in unison. Little did I know that this single performance would bring a decade of synchronized skating into my life. A few months later I joined that very same ISI youth skating team that had captivated me, and since then I have never looked back. As gratified as I had felt gliding across the ice on my own, synchronized skating fulfilled me with a new sense of both excitement and unity. I skated on Teams Elite’s ISI teams for four years before joining Starlights Intermediate and then Junior the very next year.
As I enter my fifth season with Starlights Junior, my tenth year of skating synchro, and my senior year of high school, I have reflected on everything this sport has brought me. Beyond the physicality of synchronized skating, this sport has provided me with worldly experiences, valuable skills, and lifelong friendships. These countless opportunities as a synchronized skater have shaped my identity and taught me that no force is as strong as teamwork. As my teammates and I quite literally have each others’ backs, I feel incredibly fortunate to forever be a part of such a supportive community.
These athletic and academic milestones have also caused me to think about the next four years of my life, as I have a very significant transition ahead of me. Although I am unsure of where college will take me, I know synchronized skating will continue to play a large role in my life!
Inspired in part by synchro, I am interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine and physical therapy. I am fascinated by this field because it is an intersection of several passions of mine: learning about the science of the body’s motion, coaching a patient through the healing process, and the inspiration of mentoring a high potential athlete. I hope to provide injury prevention and rehabilitation practices for developing synchronized skaters, and instill in them the resilience needed for a sustained athletic career.
As we begin the 2018-2019 competition season, I want to share a saying that has inspired me throughout my skating career: “Reach for the moon, and even if you miss you will land among the stars.” By setting goals that may appear to be out of reach, even if they are not ultimately attained, you will end your journey much stronger than had you set your standards low. Believe in yourself and your abilities, and you will be capable of achieving astonishing results!
I am looking forward to the upcoming synchro season and seeing you all at competitions!
Best of luck this year!