A young speed skater holds a roll of fibreglass mesh
Skaters and volunteers lay fiberglass mesh in the middle of the ice at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval (Photo: CBC)

First-years help solve ice cracking problem at outdoor skating oval

Students tested various materials to reinforce speed skating ice

Saskatoon's prize skating oval has a new lease on ice, thanks to dozens of volunteers, several University of Saskatchewan engineer students and their professors, and a Russian scientist's three-decade-old research.

Fibreglass mesh is now preventing devastating cracks that plagued the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex — and it could be the first rink using the material in Canada.

Read the full story here from CBC Saskatoon.