VIDEO: Roller skating venue is saved thanks to British champion who just happens to live in Wisbech

16:58 03 February 2014

Michael McInerney is re-opening Skaters in Walpole Highway Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Michael McInerney is re-opening Skaters in Walpole Highway Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Archant

A Wisbech speed skating British champion has saved a recently closed Fens roller rink by taking it on as a new business opportunity.

Michael McInerney is re-opening Skaters in Walpole Highway Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.Michael McInerney is re-opening Skaters in Walpole Highway Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Property developer Michael McInerney, 41, who has skated since he was a child, grabbed the chance to take on Skaters and within just two weeks of the venue shutting down, plans to relaunch it with a Valentines roller disco.

Mr McInerney said he couldn’t sit back and watch the sport he was so passionate about, become lost for future generations in the local area.

“I run the local speed skating club and have skated all my life, so I am passionate about the business as it is something I have always been involved in.

“I’m looking to diversify so it is not only skating but also offers day time events like short mat bowls, aerobics and fitness classes, karate clubs, line dancing. I want to open it up for more community events so that it is not just an evening or weekend centre.”

Already Mr McInerney has got to work with a budget of around £15,000 to upgrade and change the inside of the venue.

The revamped Walsoken rink - which has been renamed to Skaters with an “s” - will launch officially with a roller disco on Valentine’s Night.

Mr McInerney was European speed skate champion in the 80s and in the 90s was ranked ninth in the world.

He is currently the British speed skating champion and has helped to coach young and old alike to win national titles ensuring that in the last 20 years there has always been a speed skate champion from Wisbech in some capacity, either in junior or veteran categories.

“Skating has been a part of my life for a long time. I’m determined to make it work,” he said.

0 comments

More news stories

11:06
Four vehicles collided on the A1 at Sawtry. Picture: Cambs Fire Facebook.

A man had to be cut free from a van following a four vehicle collision on the A1 - involving two LGVs, one van and a car - this morning.

11:01
The tractor ended up in a ditch. Picture: Cambs Fire and Rescue Facebook

A tractor containing weed killer fell into a ditch, causing a chemical leak at the Forty Foot Bank, on Saturday.

10:41
Ely Eel Day, the parade in the High Street,

The streets of Ely came alive with the hustle and bustle of a carnival atmosphere when the popular eel and food festival came to the city over the bank holiday weekend.

East Cambridgeshire District Council.

Luxury goods retailer Fortnum and Mason has unveiled plans to expand its warehouse in Sutton.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition today E-edition