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And the winner is . . . Celebrating another game on the ice are (from left) Cardrona Curling Club secretary Gavin Herlihy, past winner of the Sam McLeod Memorial Trophy Kris Mayen with son Fred (2), current trophy holder Stu Blenhassett and runner-up Ian Ross. The club's members are hoping a new ice rink will be added to plans for Wanaka in the future to benefit their sport and others. PHOTO: SUPPLIED/CARDRONA CURLING CLUB

Wanaka’s ice sports have been left out in the cold.

Curlers in the area had hoped a new ice rink would feature in the proposed Wanaka Recreation Centre master plan, to benefit their sport and develop ice hockey and ice skating opportunities.

However, in the latest plans approved by the Queenstown Lakes District Council for public consultation, an ice rink appears to have been overlooked.

Cardrona Curling Club founding member Roger Gardiner said there was an opportunity for an ice rink to be built, which could offset energy to the swimming pool for heating purposes.

The same concept is used successfully at Alexandra’s IceInLine facility.

Mr Gardiner, who said there was a lot of interest in ice sports, expected the club would make a submission to the plan, in addition to the one they had made several years prior.

“[An ice rink] will be a very valuable and, I think, popular addition to the sporting facilities that we have here in our area.”

Club president Sandy Hazledine supports Mr Gardiner’s comments.

“It would be a great addition if we could get that included.”

The club uses the Alexandra rink throughout winter, which has been a valuable and popular asset to the community, so much so users have to book it well ahead of time.

With that in mind, Mr Hazledine believes if there was an ice rink in Wanaka it would get used.