Noah Jaffe – Will Represent Essex Skating Club at the Eastern Sectional Championships November 18-22, 2014
Noah began his skating career in group lessons at our favorite spot ‐‐‐ South Mountain Arena. Noah’s father thought his sons should be proficient in two sports – skating and swimming. We don’t know how the swimming career progressed but
Noah was enrolled in the Learn to Skate group classes and he just seemed to take to
the sport and especially liked challenging his Dad to races around the rink! He progressed rapidly through the Basic Skills ladder until David Lipowitz discovered a talented eight year old skater in the mix and suggested that he take private lessons.
Noah learned the basics of good skating from his coaches David Lipowitz, Heidi Vanderhoof, Andrew Naylor and Oleg Bliakhman and shared these skills and his
enthusiasm for skating as a skater/coach volunteer with Essex Special Skaters.
He won his very first competition wearing a tie‐dyed tee shirt and skating to tunes from High School Musical. He admits to being extremely nervous before getting on the ice but as he warms up his nerves calm down and he is then able to concentrate on his program.
Noah has never been intimidated by the swarms of female skaters on the ice. He says boys in school are sometimes “shocked and surprised” to find out he is a competitive free style skater. He knows his fellow male skaters quite well because they frequently train together and compete against each other.
Noah is currently working on his Novice Moves in the Field test and landing his double axel consistently. He skates 6‐7 hours a week free style and has been a member of the Bravo! Theater on Ice team for 4 years. He is coached currently by Steven Rice (program, jumps, spins), Roman Serov (jumps) and Edward VanCampen (moves).
Off‐ice training includes 2‐3 hours a week of cardio work outs at the gym and training on the elliptical to build up his endurance and strength for the big jumps required of a competitive skater.
Competing in a sport is a big commitment in time and energy but as Noah points out “school comes first” so intellectual development is also on the agenda for this ninth grader at Millburn High School.