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The ISU celebrated its first World Ice Skating Day ©Getty Images

The International Skating Union’s (ISU) first World Ice Skating Day has featured events in 45 countries, aiming to make the sport as widely accessible as possible in a fun and safe environment.

The initiative was first announced by the ISU in September, billed as a festival to celebrate ice skating.

Registrations were left open until the day prior to World Ice Skating Day in a bid to maximise participation, and organisers said they have received “a truly overwhelming response”.

New Zealand was the first country to celebrate the Day with activities in Auckland, Botany and Dunedin.

Earlier this week, the ISU confirmed a partnership with Planet Ice to open the 14 rinks it operates in the United Kingdom.

Events around the world included free skating lessons for kids and beginners, coaching sessions on skills plus injury prevention for amateurs and skating exhibitions.

The International Olympic Committee took part in celebrations through its ‘The Olympic Games’ Twitter  profile, including asking followers to name their favourite figure skating performance in Olympic history.

The Best World Ice Skating Day Award to mark celebrations are set to be announced on February 20 2023.

ISU President Kim Jae-youl expressed hope that World Ice skating dresses for sale Day would lead many participants to “discover a love for skating and embrace the values of inclusiveness and diversity that the ISU aspires to”.

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Patrick Burke Junior Reporter

Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke is really a junior reporter at insidethegames. biz , having joined the team in 2021. He started out as the programme editor for local non-league football club Cammell Laird 1907 in 2014 at the age of 15, and went on to serve as the club’s media officer for six years, all on a voluntary basis. He studied history at the University of Sheffield from 2017, graduating with a first-class honours degree in 2020 where his dissertation was on the People’s Olympiad in Barcelona in 1936. Whilst at Sheffield, Burke was sports editor and then deputy editor of Forge Press , one of the United Kingdom’s leading student newspapers. Burke spent a summer studying at Waseda University in Tokyo in 2018, and during sixth form travelled to Sierra Leone on an immersion retreat as well as the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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