Meet Alexander “Xander” Hess


Six year old Xander Hess is a genuine skating prodigy!  Joining Oaks Park Skating Club in 2009, at just 1 year old, Xander got his start exceptionally early.  His mom and dad, Bill and Abbi Hess, both long time skaters and coaches at the Oaks, put Xander on skates when he was just 7 months old.  It wasn’t long before he was off and rolling!  Older sister Jordan is an accomplished skater, and both sets of Xander’s grandparents are coaches; William and Cheryl Hess in Roseburg, OR, and Milt and Barb Shultz in Richland, WA.  Skating is infused into little Xander’s genes from all sides, and it shows in the natural rhythm, comfort rolling, and ease on his skates that Xander has possessed from such a singularly tender age.
After years as a tiny-tot show stopper, Xander skated his first “big kid” events at the Pacific Northwest Regional Championships in 2013, making an especially memorable debut as the youngest  skater in the Primary Solo Dance Division in many years.  He’s competing again at the 2014 PNW Championships, and is especially excited to be part of the Oaks’ Junior Precision Team,  which he looks forward to skating as a member of at the 2014 National Championships in Lincoln, NE.  Xander is also competing in Primary Boys Figures, Singles, and Primary Solo Dance, plus this season he’s teamed up with 4 year old Haddie Stevens to skate the Juv/Elem B pairs event.

Xander’s enthusiasm can be felt by all those who are lucky enough to know him and watch him skate.  He’s helpful and cheerful, and can often be found “assisting” the other children in the rink with their equipment changes during practice and at meets.  He’s affectionate, kind, and cooperative, always with a mischievous twinkle in his brown eyes.  He loves blue, reading, and cookies.  He is a classic car enthusiast, and enjoys going to car shows with his family and friends.  Oaks Park Skating Club is proud of our Xander, and look forward to years of enjoying his friendship and skating!