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Published May 26th 2018
It was my first winter in Canberra when my friends convinced me to go ice skating with them. Although the idea seemed daunting at first because I had never tried ice skating before. I was eager to try it.
We drove to Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre in the evening. As we reached the venue, we saw large groups of high school children and a few couples queued up outside the entry to purchase tickets. It was AUD17 per person for an entry ticket. As we entered, I saw a large ice rink and quite a few people skating. Since it was a Friday, there was a Friday night disco at Phillip Centre.
It seemed chilly initially, but I soon got accustomed to the icy cold temperature. As I put on my ice skates, I realised that I would have to learn the art of balancing to be able to walk on ice. My friends and I started entering the ice rink, holding onto the railing on the side and taking small steps on the ice. It was fascinating to see professional skaters dancing on the ice to the music in the background. The dancing lights falling on the ice from above also gave it a mesmerising look. While I was rejoicing the view, I realised that I had a task ahead which was to learn to at skate before being able to dance on ice.
Despite holding the railing, my friends and I fell a few times on the ice. Although hard at first, after the first round I had enough confidence to leave the railing and walk to the middle of the ice rink. My friends and I walked to the centre while holding hands.