Kids try out ice skat­ing — and it’s a big hit!

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

It was a warm Fri­day af­ter­noon out­side, but at Nga¯hi­napo¯uri School, chil­dren were learn­ing to ice skate.

New Zealand’s Ice Skate Tour in­stalled the ar­ti­fi­cial mo­bile ice skat­ing rink in the school hall for three days last week.

Nga¯hi­napo¯uri School stu­dents en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence through­out the day, and the ice rink was open to the pub­lic in the af­ter­noon.

Ice Skate Tour owner Robin de Goeij says the ice skate rink sur­face is sim­i­lar to a kitchen chop­ping board, but less cold and slip­pery than most ice rinks.

“The ice has 97 per cent of the same glid­ing ca­pac­ity as reg­u­lar ice rinks,” he says.

“It is sur­rounded by an in­flat­able bar­rier and hel­mets and gloves are pro­vided.”

Robin says the ice rink is al­ways a hit with chil­dren.

“They have so much fun glid­ing around to the mu­sic — you can’t wipe the smiles off their faces.”

Among the ice skaters was 5-year-old Tirion Grif­fiths and her mum Gemma.

The pair were hav­ing a blast when the Te Awa­mutu Courier vis­ited.

Gemma says the ex­pe­ri­ence was fun and helped im­prove Tirion’s con­fi­dence, bal­ance and co-or­di­na­tion.

On the Fri­day night, The Ice Skate Tour turned into a ‘curl­ing club’, giv­ing groups of adults the unique chance to try out curl­ing — a sport in which play­ers slide stones on a sheet of ice to­wards a tar­get area.

Photo / Bethany Rolston

Friends Kate Shan­non (left), Re­bekah De­war (mid­dle) and Morgan Shan­non en­joy glid­ing on the ice.

Photo / Bethany Rolston

Jes­sica Den­tice makes the most of New Zealand’s Ice Skate Tour at the Nga¯ hi­napo¯ uri School hall.

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