FRASER — Fourteen-year-old Fraser resident Arianna Seib has been ice skating since she was about 5.
She’s been practicing five days a week, honing her craft for nine years. Yet that didn’t stop Seib from being astonished when she found out she would be traveling to Spain to compete in the 2013 Nation’s Cup Theatre on Ice competition with the junior team from Harmony Theatre Company, based in Hartland, Mich.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Seib, who skates out of the Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester. “When I found out, I was just so excited I couldn’t put it into words.”
The competition takes place April 26-28 in Logrono, Spain. Only 12 teams from the United States were selected to participate. Performance in past National Theatre On Ice Competitions determines whether or not a team is selected to compete in the Nation’s Cup, according to www.usfigureskating.org.
Seib, a freshman at Fraser High, competes on the novice and junior teams with the Harmony Theatre Company.
“We’re very proud of (Arianna) and excited that she gets to compete in such a great event,” said Arthur Seib, Arianna’s father.
“It’s pretty amazing, when you think about it — all that hard work pays off,” said Arianna’s mother, Carie Seib, who will accompany the Fraser teen to the competition.
Teams selected to represent the United States at Nations Cup 2013 are responsible for all travel, lodging and living expenses. Fundraising efforts have taken place for the Harmony troop, and all 24 members of the team will make the trip. Donations for future trips can be made via Paypal at www.harmonytheatrecompany.com.
“It has been a lot of hard work,” Arianna Seib said. “I fell (March 25), and I just got back up. That’s one of the things I’ve learned: if you set a goal, you have to keep going until your reach it.”