Joy Mason’s roller skating career is taking all the right turns.
In July, the 13-year-old girl, who first laced up a pair of skates at the tender age of 4, added silver and bronze medals to a mound of honors earned in past years.
After winning events in national competitions from 2011 through 2013, Joy is setting her sights even higher.
“In the future, I hope to win the world championships,” she said. “I know this will take a lot of work and dedication, but we all need goals in life.”
Such is the philosophy of Joy, who not only excels at the skating rink, but also manages her time so well that she’s able to take part in Girl Scouts, karate, cello lessons and several extracurricular activities at school.
She aptly describes her schedule as “busy, busy, busy.”
Part of five days each week are spent training with coach Lou Pannunzio of Mentor Skateland on Andrews Road in Mentor-on-the-Lake.
She credits Pannunzio, an inductee in the Roller Sports Hall of Fame in Lincoln, Neb., for many of her achievements.