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Conversations with Anthony Berger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Berger

Hi Anthony, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started out as a coach in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvannia after the end of my competitive roller skating career in 1987. I’ve managed rinks and eventually became a fulltime roller skating coach with over 209 national champions and medalists. I’ve taught beginners who have just put on their first pair of skates to world class skaters who represented the USA at international competitions from South America, Asia and Europe. I’ve also been involved with my sports governing body as a coaches representative, regional representative and committee member. I have taught roller skating at Semoran Skateway for 15 years and have taken the next step in the last year to become a rink operator.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Taking on new responsibilities, even in a new opportunity is never smooth. I’ve had to learn the inside and outs of running this rink- I’ve run rinks before but each one has different needs and challenges. I wanted to bring the latest innovations in technology to the rink operations to increase efficiencies while still maintaining the tried and tested operational systems that have served this business for years. I have been updating the interior in stages while still maintaining the charming retro ambiance of the rink.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I really enjoy being a skating coach. There is not a better feeling of accomplishment than teaching a beginner how to skate. I also enjoy taking beginners with the passion to skate to the next level as competitors and watching them grow artistically as world level competitors. As a choreographer, I have choreographed skating and dance routines. I’ve done routines for students at school talent shows, competitive routines that have been featured at championships and even a first dance routine for a wedding.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
You have to be willing to learn at any age. The world is constantly changing and we have to keep up with it- technology, technique, and new training. There is much to be learned and having mentors that you admire can keep you grounded and offer a wealth of experience and opportunity.

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