Dreams of competing in the skating world have started here.
Head out to the skating rinks at SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall this weekend to witness “Summer Skate” on 30 – 31 May 2014, a yearly local and recreational ice skating competition with over 100 skaters participating.
Summer Skate is sanctioned by the Ice Skating Institute (ISI), an international governing body for recreational figure skating. ISI was founded in 1959 as an organization for owners, operators and developers of ice skating facilities. ISI recreational competitions have been developed to encourage skaters of all ages, levels and abilities. Compared with competitions sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU), the emphasis is placed on the excitement and fun of the ISI tournaments rather than solely on “winning”. The ISU is the international sport federation administering Ice Skating sports throughout the world.
SM Ice Skating Rink has been a member of ISI since 1994. The first ISI Summer Skate competition was held at the SM Ice Skating Rink in Megamall in 1994 with over 100 skaters. The highest recorded number of participants was in 2006 at the newly built Ice Skating Rink in Mall of Asia having a total of around 340 skaters. SM is one of several Asian member countries who operates ice rinks. Others are Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Macau and China.
This year, from as young as three years to 18 years of age, a total of 104 Philippine skaters will participate. Local coaches certified by ISI will serve as judges and officials.
Olympian and SM homegrown talent Michael Christian Martinez has competed in the Summer Skate competitions and in 2006 won the gold medal in skating level Freestyle 1. He reached one of the highest ISI recreational levels before shifting his focus on ISU competitions.
SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. is the sole operator of world-class skating rinks in the Philippines at the SM Mega Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, and SM Southmall in Las Pinas.
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For information, contact:
Mr. Noel Resultay
Senior Operations Manager for SM Skating Southmall SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.
Tel. No. (+63917) 8317228
Mr. Raymund Retumban
Division Manager – SM Ice Skating Rinks
SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.
Tel.No. (+63917) 5525142
Thursday, May 29, 2014