Oaks Park is pleased to welcome Aimee Sides as one of our newest adult club members! Aimee is an “old timer” come back to skating as an adult. She began her skating career at 9 years old, when her Grandma bought her skates and skating lessons for Christmas. From that point on she spent much of her time at the roller rink and competed as a youth for 10 years. Coached by Jerry and Marlene Bruland in Bellingham, WA, she proudly represented the Northwest at the National Championships 3 times. While Aimee participated in dance and figures through the proficiency test program, passing her 10th dance test and 7th figure test, it was freestyle that was her true love. Her passion was for spinning fast and jumping high, much to the chagrin of her mother who worried over her bruised knees and thighs. As many skaters do, Amy stopped skating in her late teens to pursue other interests, including earning a Master’s of Science degree with an emphasis in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and working as a consultant for the EPA and for private industries managing their hazardous waste liabilities.
Aimee returned to skating as an adult in 2011 to compete with the Northern Dynamics Precision Team. On a trip to a small eastern Washington town, while visiting the local farmers market, Aimee chanced upon an old friend and mentor from the Bellingham club, Sue Logghe, who invited her to come and skate with the Northern Dynamics Precision Team, which, at the time, were preparing to represent the United States at the World Championships in Brazillia, Brazil. As Aimee says “I had not skated in 25 years. I wasn’t even sure my skates would still fit… or that I could find them after two cross country moves! But with a quivery voice and a big swallow I heard myself say yes”. Skating with her friends at the World Championships, which happened to be on her birthday, is what Aimee calls “a bucket list experience”.
After the Northern Dynamics Precision Team disbanded, Aimee found herself missing skating, saying that it left a big hole in her heart. She would dream about skating, and knew it was time to fill the void. She started to attend Oaks Park’s Slim & Trim class taught by Susan Richardson on Thursday mornings, and found the being on her wheels again brought many great new friends and a big smile to her face each week. Soon the competitive bug bit and Aimee and she began working towards performing in solo dance, team dance (with partner Scott Foster), precision team, now with Oaks Park’s adult precision team, and figure disciplines at local competitions. She is coached by Susan Richardson and Joan Dreyer. With a strong showing at the recent 2014 NW Regional Championships, Aimee is looking forward to a return to the National Championships this year in Lincoln, NE.
Outside of skating Aimee is a home school mom for her two wonderful children. She also enjoys sewing, knitting, running, gardening, and going to the beach. Her joyful demeanor, driven training schedule, and all around fun-girl friendship have enhanced the skate club greatly since her return to skating, and we are very happy to have her as one of our own!