It’s at least 15 years since I last went ice skating but when I was asked if I wanted to support the Woodhouse Grove Ice Skating event I said “Yes”! The nearest ice skating rink to me is in Bradford. It’s a throwback to the 60’s and hasn’t changed at all since the day it was built. I have only been ice skating about six times in my life so I am not an expert but I can get round!
So, I managed to get my boots on and stumbled onto the ice and was nearly bowled over by a 10 year old wiz kid going at 30MPH. Hanging onto the side I plucked up the courage to push myself off and glided a few yards, arms flailing everywhere as I tried to keep my balance. I thought to myself Yea, this is good, I’m a natural, so I set off again in a straight line. It was soon time to turn a corner and this is where it started to get a bit trickier as I don’t know how to turn but somehow I managed it and I was off. After a couple of laps I was getting more confident and would have been ready for the TV show Dancing On Ice if I had been asked.
But the inevitable soon happened. I had only been thinking to myself that I had never fallen whilst ice skating and before I knew it I had lost my balance and had landed heavily on my right arm. The most difficult thing though is getting back up. I must have looked as though I was struggling because another 10 year old wiz kid skated up to me to ask if I was ok. I said I was ok but in actual fact my arm was throbbing but the worst thing was that my confidence was shattered. I knew that if I fell on that same arm again I would not be happy, so I decided that I would call it a day. My time on the ice was done and if I did get asked to do the Dancing On Ice show I would be saying NO!
Here I am on the ice. It’s a bit blurry..sorry