Former synchro skaters to support current athletes and promote the discipline
The Helsinki Rockettes Alumni at Worlds
You may have seen them in a synchro competition with their black and gold t-shirt and their "special number" in the back... In Finland, former skaters from the Helsinki Rockettes team have formed an alumni association that brings together more than 100 former synchro athletes.
"We want to help with the thoughts they are having when the long skating career is coming to an end and point out that there are life and exciting opportunities ahead even after skating! We know – we have all been there," starts Maarit Helander, the actual chairman of the board in the Rockettes Alumni association.
Founded on the 8th of March 2015, on the International Women's Day, the Rockettes alumni are based in Helsinki. The association has an active board of five former Rockettes skaters, who are leading the association and take care of meetings and arrangements.
Actually, 109 former skaters (from all around the world) are members of the association. Maarit Helander hopes that they will be able to get more former Rockettes skaters to join the association, as there are more than 200 former Rockettes skaters in total.
A precious network
In addition, the alumni also meet more casually to watch together Helsinki Rockettes on ice. "We've also had picnics outside. We have created mentoring partnerships between our alumni, for example, one of our members has been teaching mathematics to another one’s child. In our network, we are sharing open job positions and recommending workplaces to each other, etc." Maarit Helander enthuses.
A stipend for a few skaters
Thanks to the alumni association, several Helsinki Rockettes athletes were able to receive a stipend.
About 80 members do have the same alumni shirt, and of course, the shirt itself has been designed by a Rockettes alumni member. Maarit Helander: "I’m hoping to develop the alumni association to the next level: to have more interesting evenings and connections with each other every day. We could really have a fantastic connected network between all the 200 amazing former Rockettes skaters!"
"We would be more than happy to see even more alumni associations here in Finland, and why not globally too. We really want to recommend alumni activities to all teams! We all have the same synchronized skating heart beating in our chests!"