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Friday, July 11, 2008

The status of rinks in Singapore

At this point in time, there are two rinks in Singapore - Fuji Ice Palace in Jurong East, and Kallang Ice World in Kallang. When Kallang opened in November last year, it was curious that many skaters stayed back at Fuji.

What is the difference?
Fuji currently still hosts most of the high-level skaters. Well, almost all of them. Why? Because that is where their coaches are! Sure enough, all the high-level coaches are employed by Fuji, and these skaters are not about to change coaches.

Then comes the exciting news that CapitaMall will build a new full-size rink at the same location as Fuji Ice Palace. It comes as no surprise that Fuji Ice Palace will be closing soon - by mid-October - its website already states that
Our rink will cease operation tentatively with effect from 16 Oct 2008 for building redevelopment

What about the new rink?
The new full-size rink is expected to be completed by the end of 2009. It will be run & managed by the Singapore Ice Skating Association. While figure skating will be its main sport, the rink will also cater to figure skating, hockey, speed skating as well as curling. Of course programs for beginners to learn to skate will also be in place.

What will all the skaters (and coaches) do?
The Kallang management already anticipates that coaches and skaters currently at Fuji will want to move over. However, they are also aware that these coaches/skaters will most likely leave again after the new rink is built. Understandably, decisions will be made based on this...

Ok, the short answer to this question is, we don't know yet!!

1 comment:

Alaine said...

I know the answer! Hire more coaches!

Chow - your baby is too cute!