Mitchell Pailthorpe and Robby McLeod get up some speed on their skates at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Mitchell Pailthorpe and Robby McLeod get up some speed on their skates at the Rockhampton Showgrounds. Contributed

Roll up to the rink to get fit

FORGET fad diets or exhausting workouts, why not skate to lose weight this year?

Larissa Ramm, promotions manager for the Rockhampton Skate Club, said yesterday skating was an excellent way to get fit and healthy.

"One of the reasons I joined was because I hate exercise and thought this would be a good way of tricking myself by doing something fun," she said.

Larissa said it was a great way to socialise while losing those few extra kilos.

"Often people fall in love with it," she said.

The club's public skating nights will start up again this Friday, after taking a break over the Christmas period.

The public skating idea was trialled in 2009 and has since proved popular, with up to 140 people turning up on any given night.

The rink, which is at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, will be open to the public every Friday from 7pm to 9.30pm and anyone is invited to come along.

Judi Russell, treasurer of the club, said on top of the health benefits it was a wonderful family activity, with many old timers making a comeback in the rink or introducing their children to the unique sport.

"We have skaters who are only two or three years old and then skaters in their 60s," she said.

"It's for everyone."

It costs $6 to skate and quad skates can be hired for $1 or inline skates for $2.

The nights will include barbecue fundraisers for the club's inline hockey representatives who make selection for state and national championships as well as occasional exhibition matches.

For more information, contact Judi on 4933 2035.

 

PUBLIC SKATING

For all ages

Every Friday night at the Rockhampton showgrounds from 7pm to 9.30pm

$6 to skate

$1 to hire quad skates or $2 for inline skates



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