It’s a desire to grow the sport of speed skating that has Australian skate representative Robert Cook working with school children this term in Logan.
Cook, a member of the Logan City Speed Skating Club, is helping to deliver the Quick Kids skate program to Marsden State School students, in conjunction with the Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.
As one of the leading speed skaters in Australia in the shorter sprint events, Cook is currently preparing for the World Speed Skating Championships to be held in Argentina this November. Previously, Cook has represented his country at junior and senior world championships in Italy, China, Columbia and Korea. He is now training six days a week with the aim of medalling at the world champs in the 500 metre outdoor race. Speed racing involved races over short (300 metres) and long distances (84 km) on various track, with competitors wearing special inline ska
tes designed to maximise speed.
In the push to develop up and coming skaters, Cook is a regular instructor at the Friday night junior program
at Digi Roller Skating Rink in Hillcrest.
“My passion is to continue to work with youngsters who are keen to learn to skate,” Cook said. “The Quick Kids program running this term with the Marsden students has given them a taste of skate and shown the activity to be a fun option to traditional sports. “I encourage the children and their families to attend our Friday night sessions and keep improving their skate skills.”
This term the children have had the opportunities to have beginner skate sessions on site at school as well as at Digi Rink. Quick Kids is a junior participation program of Skate Australia.
To learn more about the speed skating programs on offer at Logan City, contact Stephen Hampson on 07 3273 7044.
An Australian Government initiative, delivered by the Australian Sports Commission, the AASC program is run in more than 3,200 schools and after school care centres in all states and territories with approximately 190,000 children participating each semester.
For more information about the AASC program click here.