Save Ice Sports in Tasmania – A New Modern Ice Sports Centre
Tasmania’s only ice rink has sold, closing from 22 May 2022 to be repurposed.
As Australia’s southern-most state, Tasmania is ideally situated to nurture vibrant, successful and sustainable ice sports. Tasmania’s (only) ice rink currently hosts hundreds of ice hockey, figure skating and recreational skaters every week – all of whom will soon be left without a home to train, compete and play together.
Ice Sports Tasmania is working tirelessly to secure a future for our ice sports but we need your help!
Research outlining the benefits of participation in sport and maintaining community connection is well evidenced. A new facility means our sports can continue….and can grow to their potential. This includes opportunity to
- grow and develop ice hockey and figure skating
- establish new sports such as speed skating, curling and broomball
- establish school-based junior programs and vulnerable youth programs, and
- establish a raft of ice sports programs for people with a disability.
But we need a new full-sized ice sports centre.
Ice Sports Tasmania is already aware of an interstate investor interested in partially funding, building and operating a new, accessible and modern ice sports centre here in Hobart. An investor who shares our vision for growing and developing local ice sports while working towards establishing a future Hobart-based team in the Australian Ice Hockey League.
Tasmanian ice sports are now at a crossroads. We either say goodbye to our old ice rink and our beloved ice sports or our political leaders work with the Tasmanian ice sports community and the private sector to secure the future of our sports, bring much needed investment into Tasmania and ultimately create further opportunities for our local kids.
We call on the Tasmanian Government to work with Ice Sports Tasmania, the private sector and our community to establish a new full-sized Tasmanian ice sports centre. This includes exploring a potential partnership between government and the private investor.
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With gratitude for your support,
Ice Sports Tasmania