Jessica Amy Sergeant wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every day.
But the 22-year-old figure skater doesn’t get ready for class or a morning run.
Instead, Sergeant heads to Starbucks at South Edmonton Common for a seven-hour shift. After work, she makes the 30-minute trek to the Londonderry arena to train until late in the afternoon. She then stays at the rink to coach young skaters until 7:30 p.m.
“Then I go home, and pretty much go to bed,” Sergeant said. “I haven’t had an actual day off in a long time.”
For the last few years, Sergeant has been financing her own skating, with some financial assistance from her club.
Sergeant, who estimates her training expenses at $18,000 last year, spends an average of $1,200 on skates, and replaces them once or twice a year.
“Depending on how long the boot lasts and how (many) sharpenings you get with the blade,” she said.
“I ask for a budget from my coaches for this upcoming season,” said Sergeant, who receives technical support from Doug Schmierer. “They came up with a budget of $25,000. And that didn’t include equipment costs.”
This year, Extreme Edge Skating Club opted to waive ice fees for all skaters who make it to the Skate Canada Challenge.
“For me, they’ve paid my ice fees for the past two years, so it’s awesome,” said Sergeant.
“It’s a huge chunk of money off of a bill for an elite athlete,” Duffy said.