Dancing on Ice to raise money

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The Dancing on Ice fundraiser is an opportunity to watch some ice dancers perform and join them on the ice for a few tips afterwards.

Funds raised will help Ice Sports Southland ice dancers Dashane du Plessis (17) and Isabelle Guise (16) and coach Helen Sutherland fly to Seoul, South Korea to take part in an International Skating Union training camp for 10 days.

The fundraiser will be held at the Gore Ice Rink on Friday from 7pm to 9pm. Two couples from Dunedin had also been invited to the camp and would perform at the fundraiser.

Dashane said the camp would be an amazing opportunity to train with Olympic-level coaches.

“A lot of people will pay good money to go and train there with such high-level coaches,” Dashane said.

The pair were one examination away from being able to compete internationally.

“We are really pushing to pass the next test next year.

“That is why we are taking this trip, to get some higher-level coaches and get some really intense training so we can get some new skills.

“We don’t have a high-level coach to help us.”

The fundraiser will cost $15 for adults and $12 for those under-18 to attend and includes a short ice dance performance and free skate hire and time on the ice.