The Today Show has shared a blast from Karl Stefanovic’s past, reminding the host of his time competing on Dancing on Ice.
The reality show ran for one season and Today viewers were treated to snippets of Karl donning his finest sparkly Lycra as he spun and twirled his way to placing runner-up in the competition.
“That’s right Harper, daddy was an ice skater – beaut outfits,” Karl told his daughter watching at home.
“Times were different then on television, they didn’t have OH&S.”
But as much fun as Ally had watching her co-host stack it on the ice in stretchy clothes, the trip down memory lane is all for an important cause.
The Penrith Ice Palace, run by Karl’s dance partner on the 2006 competition, Linda Albrecht, is under threat of being closed with developers recently buying the property.
But Albrecht and a specially-formed cooperative are working to ensure the developers keep them open and continue to allow the community and elite-level athletes to use the facility as it is.
“It is a fight for any community sport out there and it is a fight that goes on around the country,” Karl said.
“It is so good for the communities to have this at a time when the winter Olympics has never been more popular and giving people an opportunity to do something that they have never done before.”
Albrecht said the Penrith Ice Palace is the last full-sized ice rink in Western Sydney and if it closes, it would be the end for players at the clubs who train there .
“A lot of people come here for their fitness and mental health as well as being elite-level athletes,” Albrecht told Today.
“They are open to us running it as an ice rink, but we need to be competitive and show them that we can run it.”
“We are in negotiations at the moment, but obviously when we are competing with developers and other prospective lessees we need to be competitive and need extra funds to set this up properly and do a good job.”
Ally suggested getting Karl back in his sparkly costumes and out on the ice competing with Linda again after their first efforts 16 years ago.
“Sounds great, what do you reckon, Karl?” Albrecht asked.
But Karl was less keen to get back out on the ice and suggested people can donate directly to the cause instead.
“I am not sure if we can after Ally’s accident with a surfboard. That is the only reason,” he said.
If you would like more information on the Penrith Ice Palace or to donate to help keep them open, visit the Australian Sports Foundation website.
Watch the full segment plus Karl’s skills in the ice rink above
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