About the Program
Meet the ambassadors
My name is Pooja Kalyan and I am honored to be an ambassador for Diversify Ice. Skating has been a part of my life since I was six years old and I am currently a member of Team USA figure skating! I love figure skating for its beautiful combination of athleticism and artistry, a quality that I try to show in my own performances. Outside of figure skating, I am currently a senior in high school and I will be attending Brown University as part of their Class of 2026. I also enjoy working out, baking, and bullet journaling in my free time!
My name is Noémie Bodenstein and I’m a Swiss senior single skater. I’ve trained in several different places such as Toronto and Oberstdorf. I’m the 2019/20 Swiss National silver medalist and I’ve represented my country in multiple international competitions and Junior Grand Prix. My goal is to get to go to bigger competitions such as Europeans, Worlds, etc..
I am an 🇳🇴 Oslo, Norway Figure Skater and Violinist🎻 representing Diversify Ice as a global Ambassador.
Diversify Ice Ambassador South Africa, Shiven Bodasing.
He is 25 years old, from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he works as an animal protection officer, and a law student. He has fallen in love with skating since the beginning of 2020. Although new to the sport, he has taken to it quite well. He has a love for the challenge skating brings him, and is passionate about encouraging people of colour to the sport. Even after breaking his arm during skating practice in September 2020, he was back soon thereafter on the ice, the place he escapes the stresses of the world.
Shiven indicated that, although his club has a good representation, there are so many ways in which the stereotypes of the sport need to be shifted and in some instances obliterated, he maintains that skating is for everyone, and he is determined to prove to people that it really doesnt matter what you look like, you can be the skater of your dreams.
“It is not up to us to mimic others but to be the most authentic person and shine in that authenticity.”
Diversity for me is not necessarily focused on having more than one ethnicity in the room or on the ice, but also includes people from different backgrounds with varied life experiences. Ideally we should meet people that encourage us to expand our world view, because not everyone we meet has the same background, and we should be able to relate to people from different walks of life. That’s why I am proud to represent Diversify Ice as an ambassador, for highlight and uplifting our differences in ice skating.
3x Eastern Adult Sectional Silver Medalist
2018 U.S. Adult National Intermediate/Novice
Masters Bronze Medalist
Zuri fell in love with skating after a public skating session with her family when she was four years old. Now 12 years old, she competes at the Juvenile level. When she’s not on the ice, Zuri enjoys designing on Roblox Studio and TinkerCAD
Zuri’s goal this season is to compete with a clean double axel and to land my first triple jump; my ultimate goal is to make it to Nationals, Worlds, and the Olympics!
“Ice skating is an incredible sport. When you get on the ice and learn to jump and spin, it feels like you’re flying and nothing else matters. Everyone, no matter what they look like, should have the opportunity to skate and should be accepted when they do. Diversify Ice is working to make skaters of all backgrounds feel welcome and supported in ice skating. I’m happy to represent Diversify Ice as an ambassador.”
Diversify Ice Ambassador Egypt, Shaimaa El-Adl.
Since childhood, I have been in love with figure skating from the movies and the competitions.
Occasionally, I skated with friends in public rinks but never had the chance to actually train for it.
In my late 20s, when I came across Ahmad, an Egyptian Coach, and started my training journey. I have
never imagined that I would start this late and be able to achieve this much in this sport.
Being a hijabi, Arab, and 30s lady is not the usual familiar figure skater. So, what Diversify Ice is doing hit
home with me, and I’m honored to be their ambassador.
Diversify Ice Ambassador Egypt, Ahmad Saad
As a child, I practiced figure skating abroad with different coaches from different countries, and I grew
up loving the sport. Going back to Egypt, figure skating was not known at all and did not exist except for
a couple of public rinks with no coaching or experienced help.
So, I decided to pursue my love for the sport as a coach. I started Figure Skating Egypt academy to help
any Egyptian or Egypt resident, who wishes to explore or excel at this amazing sport. Until now, being an
Arab, the hot climate country, where ice and snow are not exactly in our culture, we are still raising
awareness more and more.
Diversify Ice is doing an amazing job by shining light onto skaters like ours. I’m proud to be their ambassador.
DiversifyIce is important to
me because we instil hope
and confidence in young
figure skaters like me.
DiversifyIce provides me
with a platform to grow, and
as your new ambassador, I
am committed to growing
other figure skaters like me.