Speed sensation opens ice rink
Tizzie Walsh, Licas Vince and Oliver Bornchin A TEEN speed skating star took to the ice as guest of honour at the official opening of a half-term ice rink at Stretford Mall.
Aspiring Winter Olympian Tizzie Walsh, along with fellow members of Altrincham Speed Skating Club, were keen to encourage other kids to get on the ice and try the sport.
Tizzie, from Sale, a pupil at Loreto Grammar School, said: “There were quite a lot of people and some of the little ones, four and five-year-olds, were having a great time. There was a lot of laughter and the benefit of it being artificial is that the mums can go on in their shoes and help the kids.”
Altrincham Speed Skating Club meets once a week at Altrincham ice rink, with all age groups welcome.
Gary Noble, 42, club coach and national speed skating champion, said: “This is great if it means local kids are being active and if it inspires some to take up skating then so much the better.”
The rink is free and is open from 11am to 5pm daily until Sunday, February 22 (4pm on Sunday).
For more information about the Stretford Mall ice rink, go to www. stretfordmall.com, follow @StretfordMall on Twitter or visit the centre’s Facebook page.