Meet Sharon Brooks - Friend of South
The Friends of South Park are proud to
honor Sharon Brooks as a "Friend of the Month."
and Students at the Ronald McDonald House
Sharon is an ice-skating instructor at
the South Park ice skating rink.
We'd like to share with you
Sharon's coaching and skating accomplishments over the years:
I performed in the US Steel Christmas Festival for 2 years at the US
Steel building in Pittsburgh (we skated above the fountain where they
built a small rink for us) It was so cool with the US Steel live
Orchestra playing our music…one of my very favorite skating memories….I
remember crying when it was over because I didn’t want it to end. I met
so many wonderful people and it was such a great experience!"
- Director of the Figure Skaing
Lesson Program at South Park since 2003
- Over 35 years of professional
- U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist
- Professional Skaters Association
Master Rated Coach for over 30 years (she passed the exam in Las Vegas,
Nevada in 1983)
- Current CER category A Member of
USFS, PSA, and ISI
Technician for Skate America International in 2004
I’ve choreographed for many local shows and competitions over the
years. One of my favorites being the live orchestra holiday ice show at
Mt Lebanon. I enjoy the combination of live music and skating!!
Traveled all over the US to skating conventions and seminars to keep
current because there’s always something to learn…and new people to
I formed the very first High School Figure Skating Team in PA this
season with the help of the USFS and Bethel Park Recreation Center.
South Park Ice Rink has been a nice meeting place for these high school
skaters. Next month, we will be attending the very first National event
for High School Figure Skating teams across the country. My mom would
be so happy to see the schools finally recognizing Figure Skating as a
sport….I know she’s going to be cheering us on from heaven!! The
Western PA HSFS Team recently visited the Ronald McDonald house to make
dinner for the families there. It was a wonderful experience for them,
and they are looking forward to returning this summer to have a cook
out for the families….and maybe plant some flowers there too.
Here are some goals my skaters have achieved:
I love receiving the Christmas cards with the photos of their families,
children, animals…and seeing them doing well in their adult lives.
Watching my current skaters enjoy skating, improving, and working hard
is very rewarding!! And most of all I was blessed with dedicated
parents and coaches that allowed me to follow my passion and do
everything they could to help me reach my goals and dreams….Thank you MOM and DAD!!!
- Qualified for U.S. Sectionals and
- USFS Gold Medalists
- Qualified for Ice Capades, Disney
on Ice, and an ice show in Japan
- Directors of skating programs
- Becoming Coaches and their students
having successful and high achievements…and passing along the passion
of figure skating to the next generations.
- A former student qualified for the
2006 Olympics for the US in Italy. This was very cool when the media
contacted me to talk about when she was training with me here locally
(before she moved to the Olympic training centers). She has a wonderful
family. Her mom brought her to the rink everyday, and she worked very
hard to reach her goals. We are staying connected through Facebook now
since she doesn’t live in this area.
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Submitted by Sharon