Auckland becomes city of skates

Last updated 16:51 01/10/2012

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For the next two weeks Auckland will be transformed into the City of Skates, with the world's best skaters here to compete in the World Roller Figure Skating Championships. 

The competition, which is the biggest event on the sports calendar, showcases athletes in both junior and senior divisions from more than 20 countries and has  previously been held in Italy, Brazil and Australia.

It is the first time in 25 years the championships have been held in Auckland.

The event will feature free skating, dance skating and figure skating as well as the teams precision and show skating - which will see competitors dancing, lifting, jumping and spinning, while balancing on four wheels.

Included in the line-up is Kiwi skater Sarah-Jane Jones.  The 25-year-old  has competed  at 12 World Championships, winning three bronze medals, and is currently the Oceania champion.

Skate NZ president Barbara Colville said the local skating community are excited to host the world's best skaters.

TV3 sports presenter and former roller figure skater Michelle Pickles is also thrilled that the glamour and grace of roller sports is coming to town. 

"I had the privilege of competing at the last locally-hosted World Championships in 1987, and even back then the international skaters were incredible to watch. This world-class roller skating event is a must-see. You'd be amazed at what can be done on eight wheels."

World Roller Figure Skating Championships

The Trusts Stadium, Auckland  - October 1 - 13

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