International-standard ice rink is open now!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DB Ice Rink
Since it’s home to sports and fitness enthusiasts of all kinds, Discovery Bay’s latest attraction – an international-standard indoor ice rink – is sure to be a hit. DB Ice Rink in DB Plaza is the largest in Hong Kong.
Part of Hong Kong Resort’s (HKR) mission to improve quality of life and promote healthy living in DB and beyond, DB Ice Rink will facilitate both ice skating and ice hockey. It promises fun on the ice for everyone, whether you’re perfecting your Elsa impression or training for serious competitions.
The ice-rink-in-a-mall formula has been proven to work in Hong Kong, and HKR hopes DB Ice Rink will become a signature attraction for locals and visitors alike. Without doubt, the rink will be another exciting recreational outlet for DBers, and for DB teens in particular – somewhere affordable, accessible and fun to hang out in the evenings and at weekends. It’s incredible to think that generations of DB kids will grow up totally at home on the ice.
Led by an experienced ice-rink operator, DB Ice Rink is manned by a professional team of qualified ice-skating coaches. Both leisure ice-skating sessions and classes are available. The ice-skating classes follow Ice Skating Institute Asia (ISIAsia) guidelines, taking skaters from beginner to competition level. Classes for kids as young as three years old are on offer, with coaches focusing on technique and stamina, all in a fun and nurturing environment.
In its bid to support the development of ice sports, HKR has formed a strategic partnership with the China Hockey Group (CHG). Now in its third year, CHG is at the centre of growth driving ice-hockey forward in Hong Kong and greater China.
“It is a pleasure to be involved with Discovery Bay and its work to develop ice hockey in Hong Kong,” says CHG co-founder and executive director Gregory Smyth. “HKR is an excellent organisation with a great vision for developing the sport. We look forward to working closely with them on multiple initiatives.”
For the non-profit DB-based ice-hockey team, the DBees, the opening of DB Ice Rink is quite simply a dream come true. Founded in 2007 by DB residents, the club currently practices at The Rink at Elements in Tsim Sha Tsui. DBees’ chairman Stuart Winchester says: “We are really looking forward to being able to practice closer to home on an international-standard ice rink, and we hope it means more DB kids will become interested in ice hockey.”
Children as young as four can join the DBees, and young players compete in CHG’s Junior Tigers minor ice-hockey programme. While the majority of the DBees players are aged five to 14, juniors transition into the DBees’ adult league once they turn 18. Several full-time coaches contribute to the DBees’ programme, and parents assist in club capacities including coaching and supervision.
“At the DBees, we focus on working on self-esteem, so the kids feel good about themselves,” says Stuart. “We provide positive reinforcement, making sure the kids enjoy what they are doing. “We’re super-excited that DB Ice Rink is going to facilitate ice hockey for both adults and kids – of the six other ice rinks already in Hong Kong, only three currently do that,” Stuart adds. “It’s good to see DB supporting the promotion of ice sports in Hong Kong.”
Indeed, ice skating and ice hockey are loved by many Hongkongers, and the region has nurtured a number of Winter Olympic contestants. Looking to the future, we hope the next generation of Hong Kong icesports champions will have been born and brought up in DB!
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