Elegance on display at UAE Open Figure Skating Championships

Denzil Pinto 15/05/2014
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Get your skates on: The Championships will take place at Al Nasr Leisureland.

The annual UAE Open Figure Skating Championships take place at Al Nasr Leisureland in Dubai from today (Thursday) until Saturday, May 17, when over 100 skaters will take to the ice rink.

The competition has attracted skaters aged four to 45 years with teams from the UAE, Oman and Kuwait.

The UAE teams include Al Nasr Leisureland, Ice Stars Skating, Hyatt Galleria, Sharjah Women’s Club and Abu Dhabi.

The three-day event, open to spectators free of charge, will witness a sport that is already in the Olympic programme. The figure skaters will be of different levels – professional and amateur.

Some of them figure skate as a hobby, training once or twice a week, while others are professional and practice every day for several hours.

Spectators will see four categories: technical, artistic, spotlight, and step sequences, with the figure skaters performing their routines in front of independent judges.

Ice shows will be held on the sidelines of the competition making the event more spectacular and attractive for the spectators.

Larissa Zaplatinskaia, coach at Ice Stars Skating, said: “Figure skating is a combination of dance and sport and an elegant art that is pleasing to watch.

“It’s a very graceful and exciting sport.

“Many people may have heard of the sport but do not really know what it entails – it is a combination of dance and sport. And it’s very beautiful to watch from a spectator’s point of view.”

Among the figure skaters will be Amira Abdul Moati of Ice Stars Skating Club of the Dubai Ice Skating Academy. The 14-year-old will perform in three programmes: Mulan, Walking in Paris, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. This weekend’s event will be the second figure skating competition in a month. In April, Abu Dhabi Ice Rink Club hosted the Desert Open Figure Skating Championship that was won by the hosts. More than 100 people turned out for the two-day event in which Moati claimed two bronze medals and a fourth place finish. VENUE: Al Nasr Leisureland. WHAT: The UAE Open Figure Skating Championships. WHEN: From Thursday, May 15 to Saturday May, 17. Thursday from 17:30. Friday and Saturday from 10:00. Sport360 VERDICT: With around 100 figure skaters set to feature and the event open to the public for free, it’s an opportunity to witness a great sport that is combined with dancing. CONTACT: www.alnasrll.com

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Go with the flow at Wadi Adventure’s Glow and Go 5km Run

Denzil Pinto 14/05/2014
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Awesome: Wadi Adventure is a great place for you to take part in a fun run.

Wadi Adventure will host its first 5km Glow and Go run this month and organisers are inviting people to sign up before registration closes next Tuesday.

Taking place on Friday, May 23, at 20:00, it promises to be a run that will be full of fun, and it is something for everyone to enjoy with the run not timed.

Open to participants from 16 and over, the run offers something different from the traditional Wadi Adventure races that see people jump, crawl, climb and swim as they overcome obstacles to complete the course.

“We’ve seen a lot of great success in the previous editions of the Wadi Adventure races that we’ve held previously,” said Nora Hassan, sales and marketing manager at Wadi Adventure. “And we found there are some people who don’t participate in the Wadi Adventure races purely because it’s a bit of a challenge as it’s a 10km run.

“Usually it has a lot of obstacles and it’s quite intimidating so we wanted to have something that is more inclusive. Anyone with any fitness level can participate in this run. It’s enjoyable and a fun way of having a great time. It also promotes the initiative of having a healthy lifestyle.”

And with it being a run and not a race, where your finish doesn’t matter, it is entirely up to you whether you want to run, walk or jog the 5km course.

When you cross the finish line, you can cool down with a splash in the pool while dancing to tunes played by the DJ.

Entry costs Dh150 per person which also includes a t-shirt, glow items and refreshments. And while it is the first Glow and Go run, Hassan hopes this will be the start of many more at Wadi Adventure.

“As this is the first time we want to see how popular the run is,” said Hassan. “If it grows in popularity then maybe we can have another one. The most important thing is that people can enjoy as we want to promote the benefits of having a healthy lifestyle”.

“There’s no other event like this in the UAE. It gives people the opportunity to get their running shoes on and have a really good time.”

Registration closes on Tuesday May 20. To sign up visit www.premieronline.com.

What: Glow and Go 5km Run
Where: Wadi Adventure, Al Ain
When: Friday May 23
Contact: Register by visiting www.premieronline.com. For further information call 03 7818422

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UAE’s finest squash players in action at A2 Championship Series

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Be there: The A2 Squash Championship will hold its first event this week in Dubai.

Since its launch in 2012, the A2 Squash Championship Series has been a huge hit with enthusiasts of the sport in the UAE and this weekend witnesses the first of three tournaments to be staged in 2014.

The championship series is a platform for squash players and aficionados in the UAE, where people of different nationalities and talent can come together and interact.

It was initiated to bridge the gap for a central showcase for squash players in the country. Founded by Aroop Misra, who co-runs the series along with Neil Young, the first event was staged in June 2012 and the competition this week represents the fourth edition.

The finals take place at the Fitness First Community Clubs of Meadows Town Centre (junior categories), Meadows Village (ladies matches) and Lakes Club in Dubai, which will host the men’s professional tournament.

The championship includes a host of different categories including an Open category for the pros, A category for experienced players, B for intermediate, C for beginners, a Ladies category, and then male and female under 19s, under 15s and under 13s.

Attendance is free to the general public, and organisers promise a fun-filled atmosphere for all squash fans.

“Attendees would get to watch the up and coming stars of tomorrow as well as experienced local players at the top of their game,” says tournament director Young.

Amir Malik, who is the No1 player in Abu Dhabi, and will be in action in the men’s professional event, which is a Closed Satellite PSA-affiliated tournament with a total prize money of $1000.

The tournament features a 16-player draw and includes players from the UAE, Pakistan, Wales, India and Egypt.

“The whole purpose of these closed satellites is to introduce the upcoming stars of tomorrow – those looking to get points and improve their rankings,” says Young. “And in August, we’re planning on doing our second series for the local players but we’re also doing a PSA Challenger tournament, which offers a $15,000 prize pot.”

The first round matches take play today (Thursday) from 18:00 to 22:00, the quarter-finals and semi-finals are on Friday from 09:00 to 22:00 while the finals will be on Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00.

Those looking to catch the men’s professional final can do so at the Lakes Club at 17:00. For more information, you can email [email protected] And rest assured it will be an exciting event for the whole family.

WHAT: A2 Squash Championship Series.
WHEN: First round takes place today (Thursday) from 18:00.
WHERE: Fitness First Community Clubs, Dubai.
Sport360° VERDICT: Some of the finest and most promising squash players will be in action and you can watch them for free. Perfect.
CONTACT: Log on to www.a2squash.com

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