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24 March 2020 /Notices

  • ISU Cancellation of events: here

22 March 2020 Notices

  • IceArenA to close: Please be advised the IceArena will close tomorrow from 12.00 pm as required by the Federal Government as part of the strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Further information will be posted as it is released; see also https://icearena.com.au/
  • Test Sessions: the April Test Session will not go ahead 

Letter from SAISA to Members 19 March 2020                                                       pdf version

Dear Members,

We are writing to update you on SAISA’s standpoint in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are watching with concern and are aware of the wide range of stringent measures being implemented here and in different jurisdictions around the world in efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

First and foremost, we are aligning our actions with advice from State and Federal Government, not only via enforceable restrictions but also the recommended precautionary measures to protect our vulnerable members.

Whilst we have not been notified of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our members, our first priority is the health and wellbeing of our community. We are currently liaising with a wide range of stakeholders. Some include:

-       The Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing (OSRR);

-       The South Australian Ice Sports Federation (SAISF) as the managing body of the Figure Practice Sessions, Skate School and the Ice ArenA, and;

-       Ice Skating Australia (ISA) who are also being guided by the International Skating Union (ISU).

For updates from the SAISF (Ice ArenA) please monitor their COVID-19 update webpage.

The Office of Sport, Recreation & Racing (OSRR) will also offer updates and advice to minimise the spread within sporting environments to all athletes, parents, coaches & spectators. Please visit their website for details.

Coaches, SportSA have also shared a checklist, which you’re welcome to use.

Unfortunately, following guidance from the above bodies tailored to our circumstances, we were required to cancel the March testing session. The possibility of running the 16 April test session is being monitored. SAISA will also continue to be mindful of any possible impacts to the 2020 competition schedule, Disney on Ice Pre-Show, camps & workshops.

We must highlight that we respect that the SAISF¸ coaches and the wider skating community are facing some unprecedented challenges over the coming months. We encourage everyone to support and care for each other during what is a difficult time. In regards to continuing any on or off ice training, please stay in contact with your coach.  

We will continue to follow Federal and State authority advice regarding this pandemic to keep our community safe. When more information comes to light in regards to your 20/21 skating season we will of course be in contact with you all.

Kind regards,

Chelsea Skene
SAISA Vice President, on behalf of the SAISA Board


Letter from Federal Sports Minister Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck on 19 March 2020 re COVID-19 and Community Sports Guidelines.   here


More news Updated:19 March 2020
Test SessionsIn view of current health concerns SAISA has made the decision to cancel the March test session. We will continue to monitor and review the situation and will advise in due course if the April test session will go ahead
SAISA Competitions: SAISA will keep members updated closer to the event in accordance to Federal and State guidelines
Interstate and International competitions: ISA has released  Communication 111 which provides guidance and the position of ISA for parents, coaches, athletes and officials, who may be travelling to, entered into or considering entering or officiating at competitions or events within Australia or overseas
Cancelled or postponed: 
FSAT 
(Figure Skating Associaion of Tasmania)  Dark Skate Competition (Jun 2020) postponed until 2021

ISU World Figure Skating Championships (Montreal, Mar 16). Cancelled

ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships (Lace Placid 3 April). Cancelled
Oceania International Novice Figure Skating Competition (New Zealand, 6 May). Postponed

Further ISU event info here
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