Scary skate in to celebrate Ice Rink Halloween re-opening

DRESSING up in their spookiest best, over 300 ice skating enthusiasts converged on Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink last week to celebrate the return of the Friday night disco.

With speed skating, figure skating, ice hockey and social skating all returning this week, the rink has also seen the return of most of its training athletes.
Rink manager Wayne Disbery said it was great to welcome back everyone after 106 days of closure.
“As a not-for-profit operator it was certainly tough since we had to keep up the ice,” he said.
“It’s a lot more expensive to let it melt and then reinstate it so luckily we did get a small amount of some government assistance.”
Providing a facility for ice sports and social skating since 1971, the rink is open to the public on Saturdays, 2.30-4.30pm and Sundays, 1.15-3.15pm, with school holiday Learn to Skate camps coming in January.
“With the school holidays fast approaching, why not come down and try ice skating with your family,” Disbery said.
“It is great for fitness, and you may decide to try figure skating, speed skating or even ice hockey as you become more proficient, all in a friendly social environment.
“It’s really all systems go here as we prepare for a boom in interest in the ice sports after the Winter Olympics are held in in Beijing, China, in February.
“It’s an exciting and important time for us.”
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