Oaks Park Roller Skater Heads To World Championship
Tomorrow, 14-year-old Charles Hamblin of Portland will strap on his trusty roller skates in Taipei, Taiwan, representing the USA at the 2013 World Roller Figure Skating Championships.
During a recent interview, Hamblin paused from his rehearsal routine to talk about his career. “I started when I was 1½ years old – my mom was teaching ‘Preschool Skate’ here at the Oaks Amusement Park Skating Rink,” Hamblin said. “I just came, and I really enjoyed it.”
This led to him taking beginning roller skating lessons from his mom; and, by age four, he moved over to his current instructor, George Kolibaba. “I’ve been with George ever since.”
It takes a lot of time and work, Hamblin said, “But, I’ve fallen in love with the sport.”
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