Fun with Ice

313074_10150321974648910_1832501499_nHey Guys, my name is Sam aka Ginge and I’m 21 years old! I started skating when I was 8 years old and took to the ice like a fish to water! Throughout my skating career I was a five X NZ national ice figure skating champion and a four X NZ international representative. When I was living in Norway on an AFS student exchange I was luck enough to be able to carry on skating being trained by one of the best coaches in Scandinavia and training along side the top skaters in Norway! This was an amazing experience and a lot of hard work!

                                   Be prepared – it can get cold:

Ice rinks aren’t the warmest place s so make sure you dress warmly- layers are a good way to go then as you can take each one off as you get warmer. Gloves, beanie, scarf and woolly socks aren’t item you can forget!

                        Below is a summary and picture of what figure skating really is? Different skills and most important – Fun!

IMG_4725                         What is figure skating?

Figure skating is a sport in which ice skaters, singly or in pairs; perform freestyle movements of jumps, spins, lifts and footwork in a graceful manner. Its name derives from the patterns (or figures) skaters make on the ice. There are various kinds of figure skating, including freestyle, pairs, ice dance and synchronized team skating.

                               Basic Skills:

                                                                                                  Sit down and stand up:

To stand up , roll over onto hands and knees. (In a dog position) Place one foot between the hands then with the other foot, balance and then push up from a kneeling position one hand on your knee the other on the ice – to a standing position

IMG_4608                   Forward 2-foot spin:

Put your arms in a L shape, bend your knees, making sure your body position stays straight. At the same time you rise upwards bring both of your arms tight into your body (pretending you are hugging your favorite teddy bear) see how many revolutions you can get?

                  Marching forward:

With arms extended parallel to the ice and held slightly in front, lift one foot and then the other. Do this action like a soldier. Using a marching action, move forward. Then place 2 feet together shoulder width apart bend knees slightly- and hold for a count of 4 seconds.

                                                                                               Marching Backwards:

Exactly the same body position as the forward marching. Your feet are in a diamond shape with the toe picks together, push/ step away from your body. Remember to keep your head up high not looking at your feet.

For more lessons and fun see you all at Tekapo Springs this winter. I guarantee that fun is to the sky


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