Snowsports: Competition a family affair

The Gold Coast Dodds brothers (from left) Andrew, Jordan and Matthew who competed in figure...
The Gold Coast Dodds brothers (from left) Andrew, Jordan and Matthew who competed in figure skating at the Winter Games at the Dunedin Ice stadium on Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.

The Dodds brothers are bright boys and are able to combine international ice skating with high-powered university studies.

Andrew (20), Matthew (21) and Jordan (17) competed in the Winter Games figure skating at the Dunedin Ice Stadium at the weekend.

Andrew won a bronze medal in the senior men's event and Matthew was fourth. Jordan was fourth in the junior men's event.

Younger brother Ryan (15), who also skates, was left at home on the Gold Coast.

The interest in skating stemmed from their mother, Gail, who took them to the ice with her from a young age.

Matthew started skating when he was 5 and his brothers followed suit.

"I'm a performer and like the attention that skating gives me," Matthew said. "I also like meeting girls on the ice."

Andrew competed in an international in Japan last year but the Winter Games was the first overseas event for the other boys.

They all attend Griffiths University on the Gold Coast.

Andrew is studying commerce, Jordan international business and Matthew combines the two courses.

They have fun skating and that is why they compete. But they are also eyeing the Winter Olympic Games in Russia in 2014.

 

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