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Roller Derby in Canberra!

By CRDL - 27 July 2008 26

[First filed: July 25, 2008 @ 08:36]

Roller Derby mayhem to hit Canberra!

Event: Canberra Roller Derby Information Night and screening of Roller Derby Dolls documentary
Where: The Front Gallery, Lyneham Shops Canberra
When: Monday 28 July
Time: 7.30

For more information email: canberrarollerderby@gmail.com
Web: http://crdl.wikispaces.com/

Wanted:
Roller skaters, referees, organisers, supporters and sponsors ready to raise some hell on wheels in Canberra.

Canberra Roller Derby League is starting from scratch, we need women keen to skate, men and women who’d like to referee, enthusiastic helpers, supporters and sponsors.

No experience required – we are currently searching for a venue and will run regular learn-to-skate courses and a rigorous, (but fun), training program. We also welcome experienced skaters interested in coaching and helping us build our skills.

[ED – Thanks to emd for finding a good video explanation of Roller Derby]

Inspired by the revival of the historic roller riot in the USA, derby is taking off in Australia. Leagues have formed in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland – it’s only a matter of time before all-girl flat-track roller derby takes off in the ACT.

Roller Derby Dolls
Roller Derby Dolls is a Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Freshwater Productions and the Pacific Film and Television Commission.

In the backwaters of suburban Brisbane, a revolution is brewing. A motley crew of women from all walks of life have a dream: to resurrect the lost sport of full contact roller derby in Australia. They’ve already won over the local skate rink operator, now they have their sights firmly set on the rest of the state and eventually the whole nation.

Filmed from inside the fray of the roller derby bouts, with a cast of quirky characters, and set to a swinging rockabilly soundtrack, Roller Derby Dolls charts the journey of a group of skaters whose ultimate aim is to take on highly experienced American teams on their own turf.

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Roller Derby in Canberra!
CRDL 11:11 pm 27 Jul 08

I don’t know if there’s a group doing speed skating in Canberra, but if there’s anyone out there who does please let us know.

CRDL 11:10 pm 27 Jul 08

Hi Granny, There are a couple of coaches who run the sessions at Erindale – they’re artistic skaters so they teach the kids general skating skills, building up to skating backwards, doing spins etc. It’s certainly not as extreme as derby!

Granny 9:06 pm 27 Jul 08

Bullseye Betty and Dr Hell push ahead to a new league by Cayla Dengate (CT Sunday 27 July 2008)

Cool!

Granny 8:46 pm 27 Jul 08

Wow, that is pretty full on, and she is accident prone – although at 12 years old she is taller than me and built like … well, built!!

Most people won’t believe she is under 16, and I expect that any encounter would be rather the worse for the other party.

For the safety of all concerned it may be better to stick to speed skating!

emd 8:05 pm 27 Jul 08

Someone I know who plays in an interstate roller derby says she’s seen a team mate break a couple of ribs. Therefore possibly not the best sport for under 18’s. But perhaps speed skating might be more suitable for a girl who loves rollerskating?

Granny 3:52 pm 27 Jul 08

Thanks, CRDL. It is a bit of a drive from Gungahlin, but the entry seems very reasonable. Do they teach them to skate?

CRDL 3:42 pm 27 Jul 08

Hey Granny,

Kids can skate at Erindale PCYC on Friday nights during school term from 6-8pm so if your daughter is keen that’s a great way to get into it. It costs about $7.00 each time – I think the first time is free.

Granny 3:23 pm 27 Jul 08

Oh, bummer!

: )

CRDL 3:11 pm 27 Jul 08

To Granny – unfortunately we will only be able to take women over 18! But get your girl skating now – she’ll be unstoppable when she turns 18

maculicauda 12:00 pm 27 Jul 08

This is totally wicked! I’ve emailled you, as I can’t make the info night either.

Granny 11:55 am 27 Jul 08

Is there an age limit on this?

My daughter in Year 7 is interested, and I would be happy to support her doing something active and sporty.

emd 9:09 am 27 Jul 08

This YouTube animation explains the game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T8izdlc-dY

CRDL 7:52 pm 25 Jul 08

Thanks Blueberry, Anyone who’s interested but not ’round on Monday please do email us at canberrarollerderbyATgmailDOTcom and ask to be put on our email list – we’ll let you know about upcoming events.
Cheers, Bullseye Betty CRDL secretary

blueberry 3:36 pm 25 Jul 08

I’m so keen to be a part of this but unfortunatly i have training on monday exactly at that time. I’ll send you guys an email though.

Thanks!!!!!!!

fnaah 9:23 am 25 Jul 08

Unspeakably cool. I haven’t skated in years. 😉

Would refs be allowed inline skates, or is this strictly retro?

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