Frozen Out: Our Stories

December 17, 2016

I'm Maise (age 9) and I've been skating for 5 years. I have a best friend called Anneliese. Me and Anneliese were very sad when we heard the rink had closed for the first time, then my stepdad died and he was very close with the ice rink and friends. I've been in 3 Chr...

December 11, 2016

When it was my sixth birthday I had my first ice skating lesson. And my mum and my nan (my nan passed away 4 years ago) were watching me and that's when I started to get addicted to skating.

I also started two Synchro teams when I had just turned ten, or a few months af...

November 30, 2016

One evening a young skater arrived at Ryde Arena after hearing some devastating news. Distracted and upset on arrival, the skater's mind soon focused on the complicated and physical moves of the sport and seemed to find some peace. For the next few months the passion f...

November 26, 2016

I miss the ice rink so much when it closed. I felt like I was in a long lost tunnel of ruin and despair.

November 9, 2016

I messaged Archie this morning as I watched Trump win the presidential race. I’m always wondering how my son is and what is happening where he is. Currently he is Washington State following the election circus and looking forward to returning to Canada, to Calgary and...

October 30, 2016

Kallum, waiting for his skating coach Georgia, to give him a lift to Gosport ice rink so he can carry on with the sport he loves! We have so much respect for him and all the other Isle of Wight skaters who show this level of dedication.

October 9, 2016

The following open letter to AEW UK was written to Rachel McIsaac in response to the closure of Ryde Arena and published on the Banners on the Wall website:  No one from AEW UK gave any response.

Southampton, 9...

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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.