Australian Figure Skating Coach Joda Walter started skating at the age of 6. During his successful career he was won a series of State and National titles in three different disciplines (singles, pairs and synchronized ice skating).
Joda went on to represent Australia at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships and established himself as a successful show skater. He has toured internationally with a variety of shows; skating in principal roles that demand high level technical difficulty.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q) What made you get into Figure Skating?
A) ”I have fond memories of watching the Winter Olympics with my family as a kid. I’ll never forget watching the superhuman feats performed on TV. My mum took my sister and I to the rink for a skate and that started it all”
Q) Who were your favorite skaters growing up?
A) “Elvis Stojko was my favorite skater for a long time because he challenged the stereo-type (riding dirt bikes, earning a black belt in kickboxing and being a hunter on the ice). Philippe Candeloro was similar, he was a playboy and didn’t do what the judges wanted him to do – he did what he wanted – the crowd loved him for it; his program choreography is famous. You cannot beat the Russians though Evgeni Plushenko is a master – no one will ever replace him; he is the Valentino Rossi of Figure Skating; an all time great with an incredible record. Alexei Yagudin and Ilia Kulik were also very inspirational to me”
Q) What made you want to coach after retiring from competition?
A) “A good coach is critical to a skaters career, I have done a lot of coaching in business and I’m a good teacher. Coaching is very rewarding! It makes sense for me to combine my skills and give back to the sport i have a passion for”
Q) Why did you start betterfigureskater.com?
A) “For a long time I’ve been frustrated with the lack of free content online that supports and promotes figure skating. I’ve seen some resources that are okay but nothing up to scratch. I have a vision for the BFS brand; its a fun project and i want to make sure figure skaters can get the best”
Competitive Career – Training Programs, Sponsorship’s, Awards and Scholarships:
- Westfield School SPORTS Award – 1998
- Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) – Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra – Sports psychology, fitness and conditioning, figure skating specific personal training, VO 2 max testing – 1998 to 2003
- McDonald’s Youth Sports Award – 2002
- South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) Talent Scholarship from the South Australian Government – 2002/2003
Competitive Career – Titles:
- 4 times Gold Medalist – Australian National Champion (Singles and Synchronized)
- 5 times Men’s Singles – South Australian State Champion
- 9 times Synchronized – South Australian State Champion
- 1 times Senior Pairs – South Australian State Champion
- 5 times Silver Medalist – Australian Nationals (Singles, Senior Pairs and Synchronized)
- Represented Australia at the World Challenge Cup – Australian Junior Synchronized Skating Team – Zagreb, Croatia 2002
- Represented Australia at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships – Adelaide Ice Magic – Helsinki, Finland 2006
Competitive Career – Highest Attained Test Level(s):
- Singles – Junior Pattern and Technical
- Pairs – Senior Technical
Coaching (Ice Skating Australia Inc, Australian Professional Skaters Association Inc):
- Australian Government – Australian Sports Commission – Level 0 Accreditation (Singles, Pairs, Dance, Sync)
- Australian Government – Australian Sports Commission – Level 1 Accreditation (Singles, Pairs, Dance, Sync)