Telly star Carol Smillie gets her skates on every week for a whiz round the ice rink with her pals.
And now she’s urging people of all ages to do the same at Braehead Arena, where a programme of learn to skate sessions has just been launched.
Carol has been enjoying skating for years and even appeared as a contestant on the BBC’s Strictly Dancing on Ice Christmas special, in 2004.
Launching the official Skate UK courses at Braehead, Carol said: “I get quite a rush when I’m skating and I love the feeling of speed as I’m scooting round the ice rink.
“I would encourage anyone – no matter what age they are – to give skating a go. It’s great exercise and even more importantly it’s loads of fun, especially when you go skating with your friends.”
Carol, 48, started skating when she and some pals took their kids to the ice rink to learn to skate and the mums decided to join in.
“We had a great time and started meeting up for skating every week,” she said. “It became a very social thing and a good excuse to get together. Even when the children started school, us mums carried on with our skating sessions.
“You don’t have to be the sporty type to learn to skate and it’s great for kids to get away from the PlayStation for a while and burn off some energy.”
Braehead Arena manager, Scott Martin said: “It doesn’t matter if you’ve never skated before, our Learn to Skate courses with qualified coaches are loads of fun and a great way to enjoy keeping active.
“It’s an ideal recreational sport for kids as they can progress through the different grades and have a sense of achievement as they get better and better at skating.”
For more information about Braehead Arena’s skating courses held during the week and at weekends, call 0141 885 4611.