At just 13-years-old, Glenmore Park roller skater Sophie Petterson is set to represent Australia.
Petterson will perform at the Oceania roller skating championships from September 21 to 24 after placing third at in the under 15 category of the national championships held in July of this year.
She began roller skating six years ago and has risen rapidly through the ranks, training at Penrith Skatel up to six times a week after school.
"I got into it because my dad did inline hockey,” the Caroline Chisholm College student said.
Petterson prefers freestyle skating, where she has the freedom to perform mid-air tricks.
"The other disciplines I enter into, dance and free dance, have to follow a set plan and everyone does the same thing, but in free style you can do your own tricks," she said.
Petterson is the latest recipient of the Penrith Valley Youth Foundation's Young Sportsperson of the Month award.
Getting to nationals is indicative of Petterson’s perseverance, as it was her fifth time she entered the competition and averaged marks of seven or eight out of 10.
"A technical mark is based on what jumps and spins you do and how you execute them," she said. "And your artistic mark is how fast you are across the floor and how you perform to the music."