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Learners Speed - Wednesday Group
Bell Hall, Waldegrave Street
School Term - 5.30 - 6.30pm.
Starts Wednesday 8th February
$2 per night or $20.00 per term
Own blades or use ours - Bring helmet
Contact - Trudie Woolley 354 3020
Tuesday Learn to Skate Class -
Bell Hall, Waldegrave Street
School Term - 4.30 - 5.15pm.
Advanced beginners 5.15 - 6pm
Starts 7th February
$20.00 per term
Hire skates included in cost
• Learn to skate • Balance • Control etc
Artistic start date is Tuesday 7 February
Contact - Kylie Shirley 358 2301
Private lessons available
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• 22 Gold • 37 Silver
• 25 Bronze
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Skating away with it: Manawatu
Showgrounds Skating Club primary
grade artistic skater Phoebe Lupton,
8, performs for the judging panel.
Welcome to Skatetown
Skating is a family affair. And
roller skating has played a
distinguished ''role'' in the
family, social and sporting life of
Palmerston North for many decades.
The ''four-wheeled boot attachment''
that kicked off a 19th-century craze for
skating was patented in 1863, spreading
from New York around the world.
Palmerston North was not immune,
and His Majesty's Theatre on George
Street, constructed in 1911 as the town's
first purpose-built cinema, saw plenty of
use as a skating rink before it was
converted into a dancehall in the '30s.
Eventually known as the Ballroom
Astoria, Harvey Norman occupies the site
"That may have been where my father
used to skate," reflects Marie Cooksley, a
long-time member of the Manawatu
Showgrounds Skating Club.
The club, which fosters artistic and
speed skating, is one of the country's
most prominent, consistently placing
highly in tournaments and
championships, and providing over the
decades a bevy of talented skaters for
national teams, with many securing
national and international titles. Think
Lisa Hirst, Kylie Shirley, Shane and Kalon
Dobbin, Judith McLeod (nee Crozier),
Stephen and Brian Carwell-Cooke -- high-
profile names among dozens who have
represented the club at top level.
Last April, the club had seven
medallists at the Oceania Championships
in Gold Coast. In November, Kate
Spencer, a member of the New Zealand
team at the Brazil world championships,
placed 8th in the junior combined event.
At the recent New Zealand roller
sports championships in Timaru, which
attracted 16 clubs from throughout New
Zealand, Showgrounds had a number of
speed and artistic skaters selected for
April's Oceania Championships.
Over the years, the club has also
provided coaches, team managers,
officials and chaperones to international
tournaments in South America, the
United States, Korea, China, Australia and
The club builds on a longstanding
skating legacy. Marie remembers the
nationals tournament being held at the
Izadium (where Jet Gym is now on the
corner of Fitzherbert Avenue and
Ferguson Street) in the early '60s, and
the skate sessions in the Bell Hall rink
operated by showgrounds caretaker
Ernie Bell. The club still holds its regular
training nights in the hall.
By the mid-'60s, the Manawatu
Showgrounds Skating Club had taken
over the Bell Hall rink operation, before
amalgamating with an outdoor club
based at Memorial Park. The club has
been prominent ever since.
Marie says its strengths are in
fostering family involvement and
catering for both speed and artistic
skating, while those who get bitten by
the skating bug stay committed. It's a
view shared by long-serving club
treasurer Joan Blackler.
"It's because we've retained coaches
who keep the young skaters interested
and improving, and the club has been
blessed with any number of good
administrators," Joan says.
Speed skating is inline or roller racing
on banked tracks, flat tracks, road tracks,
and open-tour events over a variety of
age-graded distances. Artistic skating
embraces age-graded precision, figure,
freeskating and danceskating events for
individuals and pairs.
For those who'd like to give skating a
try, Tuesday is the club's artistic learn-to-
skate night at the Bell Hall from
4.30-6pm, with public speed skating
introductory classes on Wednesday
evenings, 5.30-6.30pm. There are also
public sessions at the Waldegrave Street
venue on Saturdays from 1.30-3pm. Extra
sessions run in the school holidays.
Phone Joan Blackler 323 6441 for further
Singing for beginners
Kathi Craig's groups and individual
singers are now performing
throughout New Zealand and
Kathi recalls many of them
began as nervous individuals in
her Start Singing classes but grew
in confidence and now regularly
perform on stage in a variety of
However, as singing groups
develop, there's always room for a
new adult start-up class. With her
established Start Singers
performing at the Regent On
Broadway last year and in shows
and musicals around the region,
Kathi now wants to give the
opportunity to absolute beginners.
She's aware of the need for such
a class because of calls she's
received over the Christmas/New
Year period. As a result, Kathi is
establishing a new Start Up
This adult group will learn to
sing in the Regent On Broadway
rehearsal room early Tuesday
evenings. Kathi will hold a free
class for on Tuesday, January 31,
The people she'd love to attract
"are confident in their lives with
the exception of singing and
"I want them to experience an
exciting musical journey in a fun
and non-threatening atmosphere,"
"I firmly believe everyone can
sing and I will show them how to
release their God-given voice."
Kathi points out that some
people will have had a musical
background that she will further
enhance while, for others,
singing will be a new and
"They have probably been
discouraged in the past and
have been afraid to approach a
teacher for fear of rejection.
They are the people I want to
reach," she says.
She will show them how to
breathe and warm their voices
aerobically. She will teach vocal
exercises to give their voices
agility and confidence and
they'll learn how to sing in
Above all, they'll sing music
they'll enjoy and have a lot of
fun doing it.
At the end of the eight-week
course, they have their first
concert purely for themselves
but, by the year's end, they'll
perform for family and friends.
In addition to the new Start
Up Singing Group, Kathi will
continue her Feilding class on
Monday evenings and her
Tuesday and Saturday Start
Singing classes in the Regent on
Broadway. These classes will
start in the week beginning
Kathi can be contacted on
354 1123, or 027 496 4446,
or by email, which is
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