Sisters to teach adults

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Warming to the ice . . . Ice skating sisters Rebekah (left) and Hannah Sime will coach adult skating classes from next month. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Two Dunedin sisters are filling a gap in the ice skating market by teaching adult classes.

Hannah (16) and Rebekah (12) Sime will teach the classes to raise money for their own ice skating efforts.

The five-week classes will cater for adults of all skill ranges and, hopefully, take them from “clinging to the side of the rink” to being able to do basic spins and jumps, their mother Rachel Sime said.

Skaters will be taught in groups and will be sent video tutorials each week.

The classes will be in the same format as the Kiwi Skate programme, which teaches people the fundamental skills.

Hannah has been a Kiwi Skate coach for the past four years, teaches three times a week, and hopes to one day train as a coach in Russia.

She and Rebekah started competing about three years ago and have since made New Zealand representative teams, among their many other achievements.

They said they were looking forward to teaching the classes, which would start on October 20 and run each term.

Kiwi Skate director Megan Kliegel said there was an interest and demand for the classes.

Ice skating was a great fitness and social activity, she said.