Possibly the biggest Freestyle Ice Skating Meet-up England has ever come across within freestyle ice skating, which was a success! I skate at SnowDome every week and I have never seen so much action and passion take place on that rink before.
Due to high expenses within the UK for accommodation and transport, for these events/gatherings to take place here are quite negative as not everyone has the opportunity to attend these skating sessions. The UK is very strict on health and a safety regulation, which takes the fun out of what we really want to do and decreases the chances to progress further into making the freestyle trend become more mainstream.
No way did I expect such a huge gathering; the original idea was that three guys from Bournemouth, Luke Evans, Andrew Gale and Kieran Thorne wanted to visit SnowDome for the first time so they committed themselves to a 5 hours car journey from the south coast. I created the event on Facebook to see who else would be willing to come along for a small gathering, the idea soon struck a light bulb to peoples heads as more than expected turned up on the night. What was a real surprise that a friend I had skated with twice before in the past, Mike IceKidd told me with a month in advanced that he would not be able to attend the event so I stuck by that, the night comes and he surprises us all by turning up all the way from London with his friend Ricky Ha.
As we’ve successfully had the first UK Freestyle Ice Skating Meet-up, we now understand what passion and enjoyment the freestyle ice-skating trend brings us, throughout the whole night I saw nothing but smiles, laughter, energy, passion, commitment, nothing I have ever experienced before through my ice-skating years.
I did photos for the event and it was great to take them moments home, enhance them and share them with everyone, nothing captured the moments better and I smile and the photos every time I look at them. I was very pleased with the photos as I always struggle to capture the perfect photo due to the cold temperature and darkness but I pulled it off, I’ve had nothing but positive feedback on every single photo I captured, it’s even got myself a name within the freestyle community.
I experienced a lot of talent, a lot of opportunities to try new tricks I have never came across before, and it has widened my mind on how creative people can be when it comes to doing their freestyle routines. It makes me think outside of the box of what I am capable of at the moment, I feel I want to progress more, its self-explanatory that it has inspired me and its made me realise how much I love the hobby and how passionate it can be.
My future hopes are to organise more gatherings at different locations within the UK, I hope the freestyle trend can be pushed and hoping an official ice-skating event can be organized and dedicated to freestyle ice-skaters from around the UK and outside of the border. I have high hopes for attending the ‘Green Party on Ice 2’, which I am looking forward to very much and I hope to be the photographer for the night!
I’ve realized that ice-skating has been the best hobby I have ever came across and I hope to commit to it for many more years to come!
– Post written/Pictures by Ollie W., Team TXIST