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Skateland rolls over 50 years
Half a century: Mt Wellington Roller Sports Club is celebrating its 50th jubilee on Saturday. From left: Ray Mcleod, Shelley Arlidge, Carol Over, Bill Over, Mervin McNab
and front: Professional speed skater Scott Arlidge.
Photo: SARAH MOYES
By SARAH MOYES
It all started with a slab of concrete
and a bunch of enthusiastic rollers-
Half a century later and the Mt
Wellington Roller Sport Club's
founding members are celebrating
its 50th jubilee.
Skateland was originally located
at the Panmure Basin in 1961.
Back then it was just a concrete
slab with no roof or shelter.
Founding member Mervin McNab
remembers how the loud music
would travel across the basin and
disturb the residents, who con-
Past president Ray Mcleod was
responsible for starting the club.
He says the Auckland City Coun-
cil and the local community
supported the rink's opening.
In 1971, the club moved to its cur-
rent home next to Mt Wellington on
Mountain Rd to make way for the
Panmure swimming pool.
Members spent 50 weeks a year
for seven years fundraising to build
the roof and enclosed building,
which finally went up in 1973.
Founding member Bill Over says
thousands of people have used the
rink over the years.
We've always had volunteers
here. It used to be the only rink in
His wife Carol says in a few cases
three generations of families have
The rink is used for figure
skating, speed skating and inline
hockey. The sports have changed a
lot over the years-- particularly with
the change from quad skates to
Speed racing has changed a lot.
Inline skating has really been the
revolution in the last 15 years,'' Mr
Inline speed skating has now
been made a professional sport.
They can get up to speeds of
80kmh now. That just wasn't poss-
ible on quads.''
Skating has come in and out of
fashion over the years.
Mr Over says everyone tried rol-
lerskating in the 60s because there
was nothing else to do.
There was another massive
boom'' in the 80s, Mr Over says.
We would have more than 300 on
It become popular again in the
90s with inline skating.
The club is holding a special cel-
ebration on Saturday.
The idea was to make contact
with people who have put in a
tremendous amount of work into
the rink,'' Mrs Over says. It's really
nice to acknowledge their work.''
Everyone is welcome from 2.30pm
to 5.30pm to watch a skating demo,
meet some of the founding members
and view all the old photos and
newspaper articles collected over
the years. Nibbles will be provided.
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