SKATING is just like riding a bike for Andrea Mahon - she never forgets.
The former Biloela skater is having an amazing comeback to the sport she left 15 years ago.
Competing in the Masters Ladies A Division (27 years and over) Mahon cleaned up at the recent National Inline Championships held in Brisbane in January, 24 years after she last represented her state during primary school.
Mahon, who grew up with her own skating rink owned by her parents, John and Ellie Verschaeren, in Washpool Street, is now set to wear the green and gold at the Oceanic Games, with Brisbane hosting the Oceanic Inline Speed Road Championships from Easter Monday.
It has been an amazing comeback to skating for Mahon, who hadn't skated competitively for 15 years, after boarding school and life took her away from the competitive side of roller skating.
She moved to Brisbane, married plumber Russell Mahon, went overseas for a couple of years, returned to Australia, and has two children, Mitchell, 5 and Jessica, 3.
Mahon's comeback started in a Brisbane park about two years ago, where she saw some speed skaters training on a Sunday afternoon.
She was looking at getting back into sport as a means of keeping fit, so she enquired about getting involved.
“I went along to a training session and haven't looked back since,” the 33-year-old said.
“I was hooked again!”
Mahon spent 18 months of hard work learning to skate on roller blades instead of skates that she grew up on at her parent's rink.
“It was much easier to learn to skate as a kid.
“It's a whole new way of skating.”
Mahon skated for Brisbane Club Speedzone at the State Inline Speed Championships in September winning two gold and eight silver medals in the Ladies Masters A division.
“I skated better than I had expected and to then get picked in the Qld State Team was just icing on the cake!”
That icing turned out to be very sweet; she won 11 gold and 3 silver medals in road and track events, with the most gruelling event the 42km marathon which netted her a gold.
“I surprised myself and certainly exceeded my expectations.
“I would've been happy with one, so to come home with 14 was amazing.”
“To think that I represented Queensland in the state team 25 years ago as a 'tiny tot' and again now, was a great feeling.”
Now Mahon has to take it to the next level - the international stage at the Oceanic Games.
“I am starting to get a little nervous though, competing at an international level is not something that I ever expected I would be doing.”
Mahon will compete in the road events: 200m time trial, 500m sprint, 1000m sprint, 3km, 5km, 10km and 42km marathon.
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