Ice skating as a sport gave a boost among Filipinos after Philippine home-grown skater Michael Martinez took part in the Winter Olympics. SM Malls continues to showcase more talents who are also training themselves in the sport.
As the only facility that operates skating rinks in the country, SM Lifestyle & Entertainment, Inc. hosts for the 15th year, the National Figure Skating Championship at SM Mall Of Asia Skating Rink on November 26 to 27.
This two-day event will serve as a pre-final round wherein the participating skaters are required to perform interpretative routines on the first day and on the second/final day will showcase the free-skating program.
Twenty-nine young skaters will participate with age ranging from 8 to 17 years in nine categories. According to Ms. Nicole Deato of SMLI’s Educational Leisure Center and Mr. Manuel Pocholo Veguillas, President of Philippine Skating Union; these competitions will give them the proper exposure in the sports and to be better in the next competitions. This also includes international competitions.
Mr. Veguillas added, “Just to be fair, they will prioritize the winners. Ms. Deato also shares that it also opens a lot of doors. Our country was taken seriously in the sport even though we are a tropical country. The story of Michael Martinez is a Cinderella story. It also provides awareness that these athletes need financial support if they want to represent our country. Not to mention the cost of training with coaches for a long term. They will need corporate partners.
The competition will be a whole day affair from 9:00 to 4:00. For more updates about the competition, follow this blog or like the L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.