Ice skating is not yet a 'thing' in Bangladesh as it's a tropical country and we got no ice. Yet, Star Ice Rink at Star Zone in Bashundhara City Shopping Mall, Dhaka recently organised 'Super Ice Skating Week 2014' on September 18-21 to introduce this new sport here. The rink is now open to all.
The rink itself isn't really made of ice; but it does a good job of emulating ice. I actually liked that, since most beginners would lose balance and fall, and real ice would hurt more. The authority is concerned about the safety of the skaters, so wearing protective gears such as helmet, elbow and knee pads is required. Socks are a must so your feet don't hurt in the ice skates they provide; you either have to bring your own or purchase a pair from there.
Once in the rink, many beginners like I were having trouble keeping balance. The railing provided some comfort, and the instructor was helpful too. You are bound to fall a lot as a first timer and be embarrassed, especially when 10-year-olds skate past you with ease. But you need to rise from the ashes (the slippery powder that helps you skate but ruins your pants) and keep trying till you get the hang of it. If nothing else, at the end of your session, you'd at least learn how to keep your balance.
“It was a completely new experience and a good workout too,” said Mohammed Abrar Jahin, a visitor. “It's nice to see people making the best of this opportunity and getting into this international sport.”
Attendees received free Igloo ice cream, Acme juice and copies of SHOUT; availed special discounts and participated in a Facebook Selfie Contest. The event partners were Igloo, Banglalink Priyojon, SHOUT, Independent TV, Acme and Radio Foorti.