Singapore will play host to the inaugural International Skating Union (ISU) World Development Trophy Speed Skating event from 9-13 April 2013. A newly initiated competition by the ISU, the ISU World Development Trophy will be held in parallel in two parts of the world, with one trophy in Europe and the other for its non-European members.
While the figure skating equivalent of the competition will be held in Manila, Philippines from 16-20 April, Singaporeans will be able to witness the short track speed skating competition take place at The Rink at JCube, Singapore’s first Olympic sized skating rink.
While competitive ice skating is still in its infancy among the local population, the recent success by our national speed skaters Suhairi Suhani, Salbiah Zakaria and Phil Anthony Labramonte Razo at the Special Olympics Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea has significantly raised the profile of the sport.
What is short track speed skating?
Not many Singaporeans are aware that our country has a national short track speed skating team. Put simply, short track speed skating is a form of competitive ice speed skating. During competition, skaters would skate the circumference of the ice skating rink, typically an Olympic sized ice hockey rink.