Former figure skating champion Adam Hart brings his synthetic ice rink to the Lithgow Show | Lithgow Mercury



Former figure skating champion Adam Hart brings his portable synthetic ice rink to Lithgow for the annual show on March 18-19. “It’s all the fun without a wet butt, in your hometown,” Mr. Hart said. Mr Hart has been traveling with his ‘portable synthetic ice rink coast to coast’ for nearly four years and said he had always wanted to come to Lithgow. “I passed Lithgow but never stopped or saw anything so I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve done the Dubbo Show, Orange and Oberon more recently. “When I saw the event coming up I thought yes, I was going to get into it.” Mr Hart said the rink had a synthetic ice surface that contained polymeric silicone and plastic and you could “build it pretty much anytime, anywhere, anywhere. It’s a lot slower than real ice , it’s a little different to skate on it, it doesn’t have the same speed as real ice”, he said he had a friction point which was very good for beginners or people who don’t had never skated before. He encouraged anyone of any age to come and try it. “It’s really a family setup, I have skates that are suitable for everyone, toddlers who can attach themselves to their shoes up to adult elephant size 13,” he said. He said he likes to take his rink to small towns like Lithgow where there are people who may not have had the opportunity to skate on the ice before. “It gives them a chance to try and if they like it and someone comes to my rink one day and turns out to be an Olympian in 10 years, I’ve done my job, I’ll feel like my job is to give back to the sport that made me so happy as a kid,” he said. The cost is $10 per skater. Mr. Hart has ice in his veins with a passion for getting out on the rink and helping others do the same. He is a former Australian figure skating champion and senior international representative. He is also an accredited figure skating coach who started skating when he was around two years old. “I had the privilege of being selected for many interstate and national championship competitions over the years as well as international championships such as the world junior championships in Budapest in 1990. “Skating even took me into the east and west of Germany where we arrived to con run in the competition the same day they toppled the Berlin Wall,” he said. He was also invited to skate in Torvill and Dean’s first four shows with his pair skating partner Kelly. “It was a huge highlight of my skating career. One that I will never forget,” he said. He has a trademark called “lay back spread eagle” that only a handful of Aussie skaters can do. “I’ve also performed in many shows on ice as a young skater at the Canterbury Olympic rink as King Herod in Jesus Christ superstar and Oliver’s shrewd dodge. These memories are etched in my memory forever. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:




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