My Memories—"PLEASE give us back our ice rink I am begging you!!!!"

Sophia featured in an earlier post when she passed her level 3 Field Moves Skating test. She wanted to tell us a bit more about what skating means to her. Here is Sophia's story of her life as a skater as well as her appeal for Ryde Arena to be returned to our community.

My Memories —Sophia Elliott

I started skating just after Christmas when I was six years old, this was when I got a 6 week learn to skate course. I have been skating for 3-4 years. My greatest memories were: in professionals on ice when we saw their dances and then the sparkles performed their programme. I also love when we do competitions and we travel round the countries for synchronised Skating in different ice rinks. My funniest memory was when I fell out of the barrier in a teapot competition!

My first competition was Basingstoke IJS, 2014. In September I got a new pb in Lee-Valley which was 15.54 Since the rink closed, training has been hard along with the cost which are a lot worse because of the ferry fees to

different rinks —e.g.: Basingstoke, Gosport and Guildford. Skating was much better when we actually had a rink because it felt like a second home to me, but now the IOW arena is closed it doesn't feel the same. I started synchro when I was 7! In January 14-15th we had the British Championships 2017. Soon we are leaving to skate at Dumfries: "Trophé d'Ecosse" We only had a few sessions of off ice and early or late practice either at midnight or 3am the next morning. I miss all the amazing memories with Galas and competitions in different countries like Nottingham and Scotland! PLEASE give us back our ice rink I am begging you!!!!

We would like to thank Wightlink for their continued support, Ryde Town Council for their generous grant, Ryde Rotary Club and Ryde Slide for their donations and all those helping us to try to save Ryde Arena for our community.

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