For ice skating coach Gillian Thompson, skaters getting back on the ice this week hasn’t come a minute too soon.

Her students have been so dedicated to their sport that they have been doing Zoom tuition throughout lockdown – but this week, after five months away, they were back on the ice.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to get back on the ice, after such a long time away it will just be a relief to see my students and get back to what we do best.

“During lockdown we have tried our best to make sure the students don’t lose their strength or flexibility by running sessions over zoom, but it just isn’t the same.”

The Linx Ice Arena in Aberdeen reopened on Monday and around 350 learn-to-skate participants are expected to hit the ice within the first week.

It’s great to be back on the ice at Linx Ice Arena! ⛸️�We have learn to skate spaces available for beginners of all…

Sport Aberdeen will also be welcoming another new addition, bringing in a Zamboni, the vehicle will be used to clean and smooth the ice, creating ideal skating conditions…

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