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An overview of the newly-opened Olympic-sized ice rink at JCube. (Photo: SSC)

Singapore took a huge step towards the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with the opening of its first ever Olympic-sized ice rink.

Measuring 60 by 30 meters, the rink is nestled between a 460-seat gallery and an array of dining options in the newly-opened JCube shopping mall, and is just minutes from Jurong East MRT.

The Rink will be able to host activities like recreational skating, figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey; and stage international competitions.
 
 

Figure skating is one of the many sports that enthusiasts can learn. (Photo: SSC)


Enthusiasts interested in picking up ice skating as a sport would be delighted to know that the Singapore Ice Skating Association (SISA) will be launching a national learn-to-skate program, called SkateStar.

“By offering SkateStar at the rink, it will definitely help to generate interest in ice skating among the community,” said Ms Sonja Chong, President of SISA. The program aims to equip skaters ranging from toddlers to seniors, with the fundamental ice skating skills that are fun, challenging and rewarding, before exposing them to the basics of various ice sports.


 
 
Players squaring-off for possession of the puck in a game of ice hockey. (Photo: SSC)


Ice hockey, an up-and-coming sport in Singapore, has big plans for its’ future. Darcy McColl, secretary of the Singapore Ice Hockey Association, said that with a ready facilities and a good ice hockey community with talent, he believes that a reasonable target would be being an Asian champion next year.

“A skating rink in the center of a shopping mall next to a major transit hub in the middle of the heartlands is an excellent example of how sport can be made an integral part of daily life. The rink will provide easy access for people of all ages to play sport,” said Mr. Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Sports Council.

Indeed, access to the rink will be priced at an affordable rate of $21.50 for two hours, including rental of skates and provision of gloves and socks. Those with their own skates need pay only $14 for two hours on the rink.

The Rink will be opened daily to the public from 10.30am to 9.30pm from Mondays to Thursdays, and from 10.30am to 11.45pm from Fridays to Sundays, including public holiday.

For more information on the SkateStar program due to be launched in May, visit SISA website at
http://www.sisa.org.sg/LearntoSkate/SkateStar.aspx

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