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A veteran Queenstown figure skater has her sights set on winning her first international title – at the age of 52. 

Local yoga teacher Loris Mills is “quietly confident” she’ll claim a medal at the International Adult Figure Skating Competition 2011 in Germany on June 8-11. 

“It’s the one to win,” the focused adult silver ladies division skater says. 

“I’m quietly confident that I’ll get on the podium. You don’t go there not to.” 

Mills, who skated as a kid, rekindled her career in 1998 following a 25-year break after being encouraged back into the rink by her childhood coach – and she’s cleaned up the national competition since 2000. 

With only one or two other competitors in New Zealand to compare herself with, she’s looking forward to seeing where she stands on the world arena. 

“You get to my age, most people aren’t figure skating anymore.” 

“My personal skating has got better every year, but I haven’t got anyone to judge myself against,” Mills says. 

Tomorrow she heads to France to warm up at the less serious Mountain Cup on June 2-4 before taking on international rivals in Germany. 

Mills will represent Queenstown Ice Skating Club along with NZ when she takes to the overseas ice.