Almost everyone has visited their local Roller Rink and in recent years seen skaters in the parks and on the paths too – their skates seeming to be an extension of their bodies. Skating is a passport to motion, speed and freedom like no other.
Inline Speed Skating or Inline Racing is a competitive form of skating in which participants race each other on inline skates, in exciting and challenging race formats.
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Inline Speed Skating is not yet an Olympic sport, but has its own World Cup competition and a World Championships, contested by more than 50 nations. It is the aim of the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) to bring the sport into the Olympic Games. Despite a desire by the IOC President to reduce the size of the Summer Olympics, Inline or Roller Speed Skating remains committed to becoming part of the Games.
Skate Victoria offers programs of instruction, coaching and competitions for people wanting to get involved in Speed Skating at any age, and any level – all accessible via the numerous clubs throughout the State. Whether it is fitness, competition or simply a healthy, social activity you seek – you have come to the right place.
Speed Skating promotes good health, and builds fitness and strength through dynamic full-body movement patterns. Speed Skaters learn the importance of teamwork, persistence, organization and goal-setting, in an environment of good sportsmanship that fosters both team and individual achievement.
As well as being great fun and an exciting challenge, Speed Skating is a great way to make new friends, keep fit, and learn new skills. Skate Victoria offers competitions in a season which runs from August to April. (calendar)
In the competitive arena, there are plenty of event formats to suit everyone including:
Time Trials – race solo against the clock for 200 or 300 metres.
Straight Races – race through heats, quarterfinals, and semifinals before competing as finalist in a mass-start race from 500 to 5000 metres.
Points Races – race over a fixed distance of between 3000 and 10,000 metres, accumulating points through a series of intermediate sprints.
Elimination Races – race between 5000 to 20,000 metres, as the rearmost skaters are eliminated in a series of intermediate eliminations.
Combination Races – challenge yourself as Points and Elimination formats are used together in one event, awarding points to the leaders and eliminating the rearmost skaters.
Relay Races – be part of a team of 3 or 4 skaters racing other teams over a fixed distance, ‘relaying’ or changing skaters on the course every 1-2 laps.
Criterium Races – exercise a number of tactical racing strategies as you contest a time+ laps format race.
Marathons & Half-Marathons – test yourself and race your friends over the traditional Marathon and Half-Marathon distances of 42 and 21 kms.
Victoria is home of the 2007 & 2008 Junior World Sprint Champion (Daniel Greig), as well as numerous Senior World Medalists and Australian Junior, Senior and Masters Team members – all of whom started out through Club-based instruction/coaching and moved through the ranks of Local competition. To get involved and try Speed Skating for yourself, contact your local club or Skate Victoria direct.