The Extreme Ice Fliers of Gauteng hope to set a Guinness World Record this weekend by speed skating 210 laps in 60 minutes.
Johannesburg, South Africa (14 October 2021) – Dave Draper shared some exciting news with us this week; the Extreme Ice Fliers will be attempting to set a Guinness World Record this weekend!
A group of talented skaters from all walks of life will participate in the World Record attempt on Sunday, the 17th of October 2021. Dave explained that he was signed off to attempt the record last year; however, many members of the Northgate Speed Skating Club were under the age of 16, meaning they couldn’t take part. He reached out to the Evolution on Ice Skating School and Wolves Ice Hockey Club to help attempt this record.
“I was given the go-ahead to attempt the following World Record by Guinness last year during lockdown. Originally, it was going to be used to raise awareness of Speed Skating in South Africa, with the Northgate Speed Skating club being the only active speed skating club at the moment. Unfortunately, a lot of our club members are under 16 and Guinness have stipulated that the attempt may only be done by over 16’s. This led to me inviting a diverse group of skaters from the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey disciplines to join together to attempt this record.”
Many of the skaters involved have had incredible careers on ice, and this record attempt is an exciting thing to share with South Africa.
“Skaters range from those starting their careers through to experienced skaters who have skated overseas. Our skaters include a current member of the South African Special Olympics Speed Skating team, a world champion shotist, a member of the Namibian inline hockey record team, a past Disney on Ice performer and an international masters speed skating participant, amongst others.”
“This group will attempt to be the first team in the world to achieve this record. As there is currently no record, Guinness has set a benchmark of 23kms. This equates to 207 laps of the standard short track speed skating track as marked out on the Northgate Ice Rink surface.”
You can take a look at the promo for the event below. We will be sure to update you should the incredible team set this new Guinness World Record.