Come In and Try!
The club offers two free “Come and Try” sessions for anyone who may be interested in the sport. If you have the ability to skate on ice without falling over and have a desire to go fast then this sport is for you!
Safety is a priority in this sport, so it is important that you have no skin exposed (and yes, this means singlets are out – sorry!). As the idea is to go fast, crashes happen frequently, although if you are dressed appropriately crashes are irrelevant. The corners are lined with mats, so if you are fast enough to slide into the wall you will have a soft landing.
The following items are also required but are available from the club for novice skaters:
- Shin pads
- Neck guard
- Speed Skates (!!)
Yes, the skates that we use are different to figure or hockey skates. The blades are longer and they are sharpened FLAT. This can unsettle people at first – they feel odd when you first step onto the ice because you do not immediately have two edges gripping the ice. However, once you start skating you will find that they build up speed very quickly and they also hang onto the ice at much steeper angles of lean. So when you do start skating at a reasonably high speed you will feel quite at home on them.
If you wish to come along and try the sport there are a few things you must do. Please contact the club so we know to expect you and arrive prior to 6pm so we can fit you out with the appropriate equipment. In fact – come along with your friends. This is your chance to settle the arguments over who is the fastest skater without children pushing penguins in the way to slow you down!
The Roos Short Track Speed Skating Club has been based at Acacia Ridge since speed skating first became a sport. Since it was the home of Stephen Bradbury, it became the default Home of the National Squad as all fast skaters from around Australia gathered here to train with Australia’s fastest skaters. In February 2010 a new skating complex was opened in Melbourne and the National Squad relocated to Melbourne taking most of the Roos Club with it. However, the original Roos Club remains at Acacia Ridge and Stephen Bradbury’s name still adorns the doorway to the Acacia Ridge ice rink.
Short track speed skating is the most exciting form of ice racing. In long track skating there are only two skaters on the ice at a time and they compete against the stop watch. Short track is much like a cycling road race where slip streaming and tactics play a huge part in the race. The top speed skaters reach 50 km/h so wind resistance plays a huge part in overall speed. Of course the best tactic of all is simply being fast enough to stay with everyone else. You never know – one or more multiple skaters in front of you might fall at the last corner!
So, if you enjoy the sound of wind rushing past your ears and the feeling of excitement as you turn steeply into a tight corner at speed then you will enjoy short track speed skating. We skate on Saturday nights between 6:30pm and 7:30 pm. (Except the last Saturday of the month).
Australian Open Short Track Championships on the 04/10/2019
Racing will be from Friday till Sunday with the presentations being made at lunch on Sunday. Good luck to everyone who is competing.
Roos Skating on Saturday Night on the 26/10/2019
We will be swapping nights with the Figure Skating Club and will be skating on the LAST SATURDAY in October instead of on the FIRST SATURDAY in November. So we will skate every Saturday night in October.
Roos Short Track Speed Skating Club Inc.
1179 Beaudesert Road
Acacia Ridge, Queensland, Australia 4110
0428 850 774