Experience Ladies Day Ice-Skating sessions at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi

Denzil Pinto 18/02/2018
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Females can end their working week by getting fit with ice skating at Ladies Day at Zayed Sports City.

Held every Thursday at their Ice Rink, it has already been a big success but 2018 promises to be even bigger considering there are more sessions than ever before.

With its first session starting at 08:30, the one-hour classes are the ultimate way of getting fit and socialising with your friends and family. They are held at 08:30, 09:45, 11:00, 12:15, 13:30, 14:45, 16:00 and for the first time at 17:30 due to popular demand.

“Ladies Day has been a long standing offering at Zayed Sports City Ice Rink and we recognised that we needed to add in more sessions that allow women and girls to feel comfortable exercising,” said Barry Bremner, general manager of Zayed Sports City.

“With ice sports gaining in popularity with females in the region, thanks to inspirational skaters like Zahra Lari, we were compelled to examine the schedule and find more time for them to participate. It’s important for us to help the entire population get fit and healthy, and we will take the appropriate action to ensure this happens.”

He added: “The extended hours of our Ladies Day programme has been very well received.

“There have been numerous requests for us to remain open after school or work, so we knew there was a demand for this. They spoke, we listened and where sessions used to end at 16:00, ladies can now skate with us until 18:30.”

Football, rugby and tennis are just some of the other sports played at Zayed Sports City. It’s part of their mission in promoting a healthy lifestyle for UAE residents and the Ladies Day programme is hugely significant.

“Being healthy and active is incredibly important and everyone deserves to be comfortable and confident when they exercise,” added Bremner.

“Our Ladies Only sessions at the ice rink are not only private, but they are some of the most social and fun sessions we have each week. It makes exercising much less of a chore and soon it becomes a habit. Plus, we have skates and safety equipment, so there is no up-front cost except for the session, which is only Dh40.

“If you’ve never skated before, our ice marshals are more than willing to give tips and help you find your initial footing. We also have certified female coaches, so anyone who needs a little extra support can book a lesson until they feel confident in their skills.”

What: Ladies Only Ice-Skating sessions

Where: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

When: Every Thursday

Contact: For more information, email [email protected].

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For runners, it's time to hit the track for the Super Sports Run Series

Denzil Pinto 11/02/2018
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Runners can lace up their trainers and hit the road for the fourth race of the 16km Super Sports Run Series later this month in Dubai with registration still open.

Taking place on Friday, February 23, at The Track Golf Club at Meydan, entry numbers have already been impressive and with registration closing next Tuesday there’s still time to join.

The community orientated event, sanctioned by the Dubai Sports Council and organised by Super Sports Events, is open to adults and juniors of all ages and abilities with distances varying from three, five, 10 and 16km.

There’s even more reason to enter considering all athletes finishing the race will have a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Thanyapura in Phuket, Thailand – Asia’s top sport’s training and leisure resort.

Previous races from the series this season have proved to be a massive success and Warren van der Merwe, race director of Super Sports Events, is confident their next one will be no different.

“It will be a cool and fresh start for race four which is the penultimate race in the series,” he said. “We have had great feedback and response from all runners especially that they only have to do one loop in the three, five and 10k routes and 1.5 loops in the 16k.”

“With the closed off roads it makes for a safe, fun and exciting morning of running. The Track have also been amazing in opening their doors for all runners on race days and makes for the perfect host venue with all amenities and facilities on hand.”

Ages for the 16km and 10km will include male and female categories for under 30 years, 30 to 39 years, 40 to 49 years and 50 years and over.

The 5km run is for under-19 years, 19 to 29 years, 30 to 39 years, 40 to 49 years and 50 years and over.

On top of that, the 3km caters for all novice and junior runners with categories starting from under-9 years, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 18 years and adults 19 years and over.

Entry fee for adults is Dh175 and Dh125 for juniors. As part of Super Sports Events’ aim in making it more a family friendly event, they are offering a discount to families of three or more.

Included in the fee is an electronic chip timer, custom made finisher’s medal, t-shirt, downloadable race certificates, photographs of them finishing the race as well as fruit, muffins and other refreshments.

What: Super Sports Run Series, Race Four

Where: The Track, Meydan, Dubai

When: February 23 from 07:00

Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.supersportsuae.com

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Go head-to-head with Fabian Cancellara at TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife

David Cooper 10/02/2018
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Cyclists and cycling fans alike are being given a unique opportunity to go head-to-head with one of the sporting greats on Tuesday 20th March as part of Yas Marina Circuit’s weekly TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife.

Former Swiss professional road bicycle racer Fabian “Spartacus” Cancellara will be putting local cyclists through their paces as part of the special “Chasing Cancellara” event.

Teams of two will complete two laps of Yas Marina Circuit’s iconic Formula One track in the fastest time possible (time trial format) with the aim of beating the time set by the world champion. The fastest three teams, plus category winners in qualification will then advance to the final.

Following the qualification stages the fastest three teams, plus each category winner, will all line up at the start and take off at the same time. The four-time TT World Champion will then set off a few seconds later in pursuit of the challengers.

Whoever crosses the line first is the winner; do you think you can chase Cancellara?

Swiss on a roll: Fabian Cancellara wiill be chasing competitors down.

Swiss on a roll: Fabian Cancellara wiill be chasing competitors down.

The 36-year-old retired from cycling in 2016 after a stellar career that saw him win two time trial Olympic gold medals and eight stages at the Tour De France among many other accomplishments.

So gear up for the ultimate challenge and experience what it is like to have a cycling legend hot on your heels.

Registration is now open, for this event not to be missed, however places are limited and entrants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

The price is Dh950, including VAT, for a team of two people and will take place between 9pm and 11pm on the day.

Included is a Chasing Cancellara cycling bib, a Chasing Cancellara T-shirt, two bidons, one finisher’s medal and a finisher’s certificate if you manage to beat the main man.

Where: Yas Marina Circuit

When: Tuesday 20th March @ TrainYAS

How to register: Register now at https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/products/whats-on-track/chasing-cancellara-trainyas/

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