“You’ll see kids who have just started to those who are amazing out there and can do all of the spins and floor rotations and everything…”
Skaters from throughout New Zealand will descend on Gore this month to compete in the Ice Sports Southland figure skating club championships.
Gore Ice Sports Southland rink manager and coach Simone Thornett said the club championships were usually held once a year at the end of June.
“There’s different club champs as well, so the weekend before we’ll be travelling to Dunedin doing their event, so we travel all around New Zealand with skating,” Ms Thornett said.
One of the adult competitors was coming from as far afield as Auckland, and Ms Thornett said there would be skaters from both the North and South Islands competing at a range of levels.
“They’ll have different sections from beginner skaters right up to senior level which will be competing,” she said.
The club champs also offered skaters the chance to get qualifications which were needed to attend New Zealand nationals, which were usually held in October.
There would be 15 to 20 skaters from Gore competing in the event, and the ages of the Gore skaters ranged from 7 through to those in their late 50s.
“It’s really good to watch – you’ll see kids who have just started to those who are amazing out there and can do all of the spins and floor rotations and everything, there’s just a wide variety.”
Thornett, who was originally from the UK, had been in Gore for two and a-half years, and said she had been at the rink since she arrived.
She said anyone could come to the rink and watch the skating for free and hot food and drink would also be on sale.
“It’s a really good event and it’s good for kids that want to come and see some really good talent who might want to give it a go.”