While the roots of speed skating date all the way to a millennium ago when enterprising Scandinavians added bones to their shoes to make it easier to travel on frozen rivers, it wasn’t until 1592 when a Scotsman designed the first skate with an iron blade.
That Scotsman would be skating proudly (and quickly!) in the clouds if he knew that today there were thousands of speed skating associations around the world, including the Victorian Ice Racing Association, Olympic Southern Flyers and the Docklands Demons, all which proudly call O'Brien Icehouse their home.
In addition to both clubs training here weekly, O'Brien Icehouse runs Learn to Speed Skate programs with coaches from both the Demons and Flyers.
If you’re interested to find out more about how to get involved in speed skating at O'Brien Icehouse, click here.Read more