Frozen Out: Our Stories

January 28, 2017

I first started skating because of my mum, she used to ice skate when she was young but then her rink closed, just like mine.

The first time I went on ice I was six years old, I COULD NOT stand up at all! My mum had to literally carry me because my legs were like jelly....

January 27, 2017

I started skating because my sister had and at the beginning I was really scared, but now I'm fine.

I remember when the roof blew off, it was just before my birthday and I was going to have an ice skating party.  I was so disappointed but decided to wait until the rink...

January 24, 2017

I was born right on the verge of Oakfield. in the 60s. As a young boy Oakfield was patrolled by stray and roaming biting dogs alongside the many streetwise children often carrying their pen knifes— a street scene not unlike the film Oliver Twist. I was privileged that...

January 17, 2017

Last weekend saw four Isle of Wight synchronised ice skating teams take on competition from all over the country at the British Championships in Nottingham. With unfailing determination and team spirit, our girls and boy collected silver and bronze medals and two 4th p...

January 10, 2017

On their way home from 'big ice' practice at Bracknell ice rink on New Year's Eve, you can bet these guys would rather be on the ice than anywhere else! This weekend, 14th & 15th January sees the Island's Synchronised Ice Skating teams compete at The British Championsh...

January 10, 2017

A short while after Ryde Arena closed its doors, we approached a group of young skaters who were determined to continue with their sport, but starting to feel the strain of having the rink so cruelly taken away from them. This is the first of many 'stories' they've agr...

January 8, 2017

Things I have struggled with since the rink is closed is that I have just moved to High School and it's quite hard to make friends when you can't have sleep-overs and you can't go out during the weekend. It's also quite hard because you miss out on so many memories tha...

January 7, 2017

I was almost 6 years old when I was invited to a skating party on the Isle of Wight. That's when my dreams began! I felt so excited to do more and I longed not to have a penguin. So that's sorted for my birthday, I had my first skating lesson. I need so badly more skat...

January 5, 2017

I feel like my world has ended, as if I've sunk to the bottom of the world's inner despair.

We have to travel to Gosport waking up on Sunday morning at 3am.

January 2, 2017

On their way home from 'big ice' practice at Bracknell ice rink on New Year's Eve, you can bet these guys would rather be on the ice than anywhere else! This weekend, 14th & 15th January sees the Island's Synchronised Ice Skating teams compete at The British Championsh...

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We would like to thank Wightlink for supporting us through all our ups and downs over the years, but especially for continuing to support us now with free or discounted ferry travel for our teams. This support means everything to us as without it we would not be able to continue to pursue our dreams.

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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.