Figure Skating Action at Cape Town Ice Rink
Visitors to the Ice Station at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town will see skaters from across the country showcase their talents at the 2012 Cape Inter-Provincial Figure Skating Championships from 12 to 14 October 2012.
The championships will be hosted by the Western Province Figure Skating Association (WPFSA), Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and other sporting entities. Skaters between the ages of ten and 22 years will compete in the solo skating event – one skater performing to music, with jumps and spins as required performance elements. There will also be synchronised skating events in which teams of 16 skaters perform in unison to music, performing a variety of lifts, circles, lines and wheels with intricate footwork.
Ms Dawn Van Der Roet of WPFSA says that the skaters will be judged by means of a computerised marking system with instant playback facilities. This assists the judges to give the most accurate assessment of skating performance. “Ice skating today opens many doors with many of our previous champions earning their living by performing overseas with professional ice shows such as Disney on Ice, Holiday on Ice and the Russian Imperial Ice Stars, all of which have visited our shores,” she said.
Western Province is the largest provincial skating organisation in South Africa. It has held the Inter-Provincial title for 15 years, and will be entering over 50 solo skaters and five synchronised skating teams in the 2012 championships.
The department and its partners are committed to promote and develop figure skating on all levels in the Western Cape. The spectator fee will be R30 per session with children under 12 paying R10 per session. A season ticket valid for all the competition events will cost a mere R70.