ACT Ice Sports Federation is a new sporting organisation committed to promoting, advancing and supporting ice sports in the nation's capital. Its vision is to establish Canberra as Australia’s ice sports capital.
Ice sports cooperation
The ACT Ice Sports Federation was established as a simple partnership among the existing ice sports organisations – ACT figure skating, broomball and ice hockey associations along with the Australian Ice Hockey League's CBR Brave – in recognition of a shared desire for a modern ice sports facility in Canberra.
ACTISF is excited by the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr’s 2016 commitment to work in partnership with the federation and the ice sports associations towards achieving a facility of national and international standing. Optimistically, a timetable of consultation, planning and design in 2017-18; construction in 2018-19; thus enabling an operational facility sometime in 2020, is achievable.
The federation is actively campaigning for the establishment of a national ice sports centre in the ACT: a modern complex boasting two (Olympic sized 60m x 30m) ice sheets, with the main rink to include plexi-glass and with capacity for up to 2000 spectators. The second rink would have limited seating and standing room, and protective netting.
The centre would have all of the mod cons expected of a facility to enable Canberra to host national championships, and international tournaments.
A new facility with two sheets of ice would benefit Canberra’s talented young athletes as well as Australian ice sports and the Canberra community generally.
When the new centre is operational, ACTISF has plans to advance ice sports, from attracting speed skating and disabled ice sports to the national capital, to developing school programs, as well as hosting major national and international events.
Attracting major events
There are three simple objectives: to establish a national ice sports centre in the ACT; to promote, encourage and support participation (including by women, youth, children and people with disability) in ice sports and recreational ice skating; and to attract national and international ice sports events to the ACT.