Robert Hamblin is one of the Oaks’ up-and-coming skaters, and a natural born showman who stands out from the crowd with a personality as big as the Oaks itself. The youngest of the 3 Hamblin boys, baby brother Bobby is well known through out the rink and NW region for his dynamic personality, flair for the dramatic, sweet and affectionate nature, and for wanting to follow in the footsteps of his two older brothers.
Bobby began skating as a toddler in the Preschool Play & Skate class taught by his mother, coach Amy Hamblin. Once he reached school age, Bobby began to take dance lessons from “Big Bobby” (Robert Behrendt), and figures/freestyle from George Kolibaba, and enjoys an affectionate relationship with both of his mentors.
George describes Bobby as a true individual who embraces the extreme. He admires that Bobby does not want to fail, and that he is willing to work hard not to. George laughingly recalled a time when Bobby ran his routine 17 times in a single practice because he was told he needed to “practice it a bunch of times.” As George said, “How many skaters do you know with that kind of stubborn follow through?”.
Robert Behrendt describes Bobby as a delightful student. “Of all the skaters in this rink, I don’t know anyone who has the love of skating like that little guy.” Robert praises Bobby’s passion for the creative aspect of skating, and admires that, while a bright future as a proficient technical skater is promising, it is the freedom with which Bobby enjoys his skating that will make this young man exceptional. It is that quality that prompts Robert to feel that Bobby may very well end up the most talented of the 3 ultra-talented Hamblin brothers.
Just as his competitive career was beginning, Bobby, at the age of 7, sustained a serious knee injury during a ski trip that limited his ability to train for nearly 6 months, but he still rallied to compete in singles and figures at his first National Championships in Albuquerque in 2013. Bobby made up for lost time in 2014, when he competed at his second US National Championships in Lincoln, NE, where he earned a bronze medal in Primary Boys Loops and was a finalist in Primary Solo Dance. With one more season in the Primary divisions Bobby is looking forward to another successful year.
For “Little Bobby”, as the club kids call this humorous little bundle of energy, skating is filled with family. In addition to older brothers Charlie and David, both National Champion skaters, Bobby’s mother, aunt, cousins, and grandmother all skate competitively. Even though he’s the baby of the family Bobby keeps up with his relatives and practices 4-5 times a week. He has high hopes that his hard work will pay off when, as he says, “I’m going to grow up, go to Worlds, and have the best free dance that anybody ever saw.” It would not surprise anyone who knows him to see that aspiration come true.
Off the rink Bobby is a “TAG” (Talented and Gifted) identified student in his 3rd grade class. In May he joined a Cub Scout pack and is looking forward to continuing the Boy Scout program throughout his childhood. He’s very active in his church and loves his Sunday School program and singing with the children’s choir.