BY JADE MORELLINI
The Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink is one of Australia’s oldest rinks and it has been running continuously for the past 46 years in Inner West Sydney.
They are a not-for-profit organisation and their main focus is promoting the disciplines of ice skating, aiming to be the premier training rink in Australia for Figure Skating, Ice Hockey and Speed Skating.
There are a number of programs and lessons on offer where visitors can learn and master the skills of skating.
Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink have group lessons and private classes for skating, figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey, as well as in-house clubs and skating activities available for skaters to join throughout the year.
Manager of Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink, Wayne Disbery, said: “We run learn to skate programs during every holiday period, so we will be doing school holiday learn to skate classes in January. We also run classes for figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey.”
These classes are very cost-effective with highly skilled and experienced instructors who nurture the growth of their students. Their group lessons run throughout the entire year and guests can join at any time.
“We do have some Olympic representatives that train at Canterbury who are going to be representing Australia at next year’s winter Olympics in figure skating so that’s pretty cool. Their names are Harley Windsor and Kartia Alexandrovskaya,” Disbery said.
The facilities Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink offer are an Olympic sized ice surface, a free public car park and a heated canteen with a wide variety of foods to indulge in.
They also offer coin-operated lockers to keep anyone’s belongings safe while they’re skating and disabled access and toilets are also available on the grounds.
Patrons are provided with a clean rink and good ice conditions, with seating for up to 300 people. They also have a pleasant and welcoming team and a great atmosphere for all to enjoy while skating. “We’re a friendly family focused venue for sports of ice skating,” Disbery said.
Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink is very affordable, with prices ranging from $11 – $23, including skate hire. These prices vary depending on age and whether it is a regular or disco session. They hold disco nights on Friday and Saturday nights with the newest hits, disco lighting and monthly theme nights.
They also host birthday and group parties, as well as different events. Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink have a Family Fun Day taking place on 17th December offering on-ice activities and outside activities such as BBQ breakfast and lunch, as well as inflatable games and face painting for all visitors to get involved in.