Certainly, having successful local skaters and giving them the publicity will help raise ice skating interest. I didn't realise I have some friends who love to watch figure skating until I posted my favourite skater on my Facebook since ice skating is not a much talked about sport in Australia. Our skaters did a wonderful job in spite of the incredible shortcomings in Australia. Kudos to their parents who probably had to drive them many kilometres to practice every day. If we can promote ice skating to the children, there may be more interest to take up ice skating. I think one set back is lack of skating rinks around Australia. How many skating rinks are there in Melbourne? Brisbane has only two ice rinks.