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Monday, October 30, 2006

Introducing skating to schools

In the past few weeks, there have been various school groups coming to the rink. They would descend in hordes, sometimes over 100 kids at a time.

This is part of the enrichment programs that schools organise, to fill the void after exams are over, and before holidays start. (In Singapore, the school year ends in Nov/Dec.)

It is an exciting experience for the students, many of whom are trying out ice skating for the first time.
It can be quite scary for figure skaters who are used to a relatively quiet morning at the rink.
It is also very encouraging for the sport. Having schools include skating as an enrichment activity make the sport visible, and seed the interest in potential champions.

The only question I have is whether anyone is following up on those interested to pursue this unusual sport seriously.

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