Monday, April 15, 2013
This last week was Adult Nationals at the Ice Den in Scottsdale. I wound up announcing for official practice ice (OPI), and also running warmups. All told I probably spent 20+ hours working from Tuesday to Saturday. I took Tuesday off and ran OPI from 10 to 4. Things were a little disorganized at first and there were some things that were done differently than I'm used to (I've run OPI at SWP and NWP regionals last year). But things came under control and were fine, and I think most of the competitors were happy with what we did.
I decided a while back that I really want to do more announcing. I think it suits both my skills and personality, and I enjoy it a lot. I've done announcing at, by my count, 5 competitions so far in some capacity or other, and I will be announcing at Fiesta Skate next week (yes, next week! ack!).
I've decided to work on getting a US Figure skating announcing appointment. While there's a lot that can be done without an appointment, there's a lot of fun stuff that you won't get to do without it. I figure it will take me several years, but in the meantime I'm working on getting more experience ("paying my dues"), getting to know people, making connections, etc.