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Second Grade student at Tuxedo Park School is skating into 2021 with flying colors!

Second Grades’s Isabella Paes,  is skating into 2021 with flying colors!

Isabella’s love for skating began at only 4 years old when she “felt like a princess floating across the ice” at the Learn to Skate program in Newburgh. Her skills developed, as quickly as her passion to learn, and soon she began to catch the attention of coaches.

Isabella’s training began with Aaron Gunderson-Smith and she is now training under the guidance of Olympic Silver Medalist pair, Oleg Makarov, and Larissa Selezneva. Four to five days per week, for three hours every day, Isabella can be found mastering the technicalities of ice skating. That time increases exponentially during breaks from school and is evident in the progression of her skills. In the past year, she learned the single axel, double loop, and double salchow.

Success in competition came early to Isabella. In her first performance, she skated to, ‘This Girl Is On Fire’ at Ice Time, and later, at only four years old, she landed 3rd place in her division at The Wollman Competition in New York City. She has also had her share of disappointments as her mom, Devangini attests to. However, in true champion spirit, loss has motivated Isabella to train harder. 

“Isabella has learned that to be good at anything, you have to keep trying, even during periods of failure. Success is not only defined by medals and awards, but also by a level of commitment,” she explains. Most recently, Isabella competed in the 2020 Boston Open in November. She was the youngest in her division, outdoing many of her competitors.


“I feel happy and excited when I’m skating, but I also feel frustrated when I don’t land my axels,” Isabella explains. 

Undaunted, she's currently practicing a program that has a few axels and a sit-spin. She mastered the double axel off-ice and is preparing to land it on-ice soon! Another win for Isabella is the really close group of friends she has met through ice-skating, who encourage one another-what could be better than that?

 When she is not skating, Isabella loves playing the violin, making rainbow loom bracelets, and cuddling up with a good book.

We could not be prouder of Isabella and are excited to follow her journey and see all of her successes unfold in the future. GO Isabella!

Isabella with her first coach, Aaron

Isabella with her coach, Oleg Makarov