If coming up against Brendan Kerry this week at this week's Australian Figure Skating Championships wasn’t a daunting proposal, the 2014 Olympian has sent a strong message to the rest of the field with an outstanding performance in his short program, securing a score of 81.01 points.
Being based in LA for nearly four years has lightened his travel load, but Kerry is glad to be back in Australia.
“It’s fantastic in LA and it’s good for my training but being home with my family and friends is always nice,” he said.
Brendan is aiming for his fifth national title and while he’s far from complacent, he’s focusing fully on his own preparation and routine.
“I try not to worry about the external factors. I’ll have a 6-minute warm up, try and do this jump or this spin and get my mental preparation right,” he explained.
“I’m not concerned about other skaters - sometimes it happens naturally but I’m coming off a big injury so my priority is about bouncing back strongly.”
At 22-years-of-age, Kerry is by no means old. But for the sport of figure skating, he’s an experienced athlete whose body has taken its fair share of knocks.
“I would’ve liked my fitness levels higher at this point of the season,” Brendan said.
“But at the same time, it means I can work on my mental strength to push myself through if I struggle with a few things towards the end of a program.”
Consistency is at the top of his Christmas wish list heading into the new year and Kerry will be using this week to showcase the work he’s done on his impressive quad jumps.
“At the moment I can do two, close to a third and I want to start hitting my fourth one soon,” he said.
“I’ve worked a lot on the component side of my skating, as well as my spins and steps. It’s headed in the right direction.”
Don’t get in Kerry’s way, because the only direction is up, as he aims to secure another national crown with his free program this afternoon at 3pm. Catch it on the livestream below.