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Figure skater Nigel Davis wants ice skating to get recognition

...but needs a new pair of skates first

Friday, January 17, 2014    

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WITH ice skating not being a popular sport in Jamaica, Nigel Davis, who won gold in singles figure skating at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea last year, plans to change that image.

For 2014, Davis' goal is to take ice skating to another level, but first he needs a new pair of skates.

"My main focus right now is to reach further in speed skating and dancing on ice, as I want to take figure skating to another level, so that it can be well recognised here in Jamaica, because a lot of people here don't know about the sport," the figure skater told the Jamaica Observer recently.

"I am trying to get sponsorship to purchase a new pair of skates, because right now, I don't have any and I need one," he explained.

Davis is well aware that he needs funding to develop the sport.

"On many occasions I have tried to get sponsorship, but it was no luck, as everyone turned me down," Davis told the Observer. "I don't have a coach, just me alone, but I hope that winning this gold medal will allow sponsors to see me and maybe give me some help, but I am not going to stop here. I am going to still continue searching for sponsorship."

Davis was upbeat after receiving an award for the gold medal he won last February at the Special Olympics.

"The feeling is good, I am really happy to [have] received such an award for my hard work. People will now see me and hear a lot more, as I plan to lift this sport further," he pointed out.

Davis was first introduced to skating during the nine years he spent at the School Of Hope. He took up the sport the following year and ever since, skating has been the only thing he knows.

"I went to School Of Hope for nine years and one day got invited to a game at the National Arena. I saw people wearing skates and performing on the ice. It was a wonderful sight, so I went over to one of the guys and asked how I could join the team and then I was introduced to Miss Gordon -- that was in 1989," he recalled with a smile on his face.

The 37-year-old, who works at the Parang Industry, says training is not easy, especially since he trains himself.

"I train myself so it is not that easy," the gold medallist said. "I would wake up early in the mornings and do a little stretching to get my legs ready, because it is mostly skating [that] I do.

"Then I would skate to work along Beechwood Avenue and back to my home where I lived in August Town," Davis shared. "I also do 5k marathons as well."

Davis applauded his sport director, Lorna Bell, for his accomplishment as a figure skater saying, "She has done so much for me, she encourages me a lot and supported me all the way."

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