Juniors skate in for roller derby fun

ROLLER derby is attracting the juniors but the coach says the hardest part is getting them to skate in a straight line.

Sisters Malia , 7, and Kyla, 11, can't wait to hit the track.

Kyla likes to go fast but her younger sister is still trying to find her feet in her skates.

"At first I fell over a few times," Kyla said.

"But I don't fall over much anymore because I have learnt how to balance properly.

"When you think you are going to fall over, you just bend your knees so you don't fall backwards.

"The hardest part is stopping when you are going really fast."

MOVE OVER: Kyla McKim-Hill, 11, and her sister Malia, 7, are part of 35 kids who will form a new junior roller derby team.
MOVE OVER: Kyla McKim-Hill, 11, and her sister Malia, 7, are part of 35 kids who will form a new junior roller derby team. Mike Richards

Coach Lainey McPhee said the juniors, who range from 6-14, were still trying to master the basics.

"The hardest thing to teach them is just to get them skating in a straight line properly," Ms McPhee said.

She said there hadn't been any serious incidents, yet, but confirmed some of the kids were still nervous on their skates.

"But others are so overconfident that it's actually scary," she said.

"After a few lessons we should be right. They are really enthusiastic and we try to keep it fun for them."

Training for the new junior team, who will play a non-contact version of the sport, kicked off on Friday with 35 kids signed up already.

The sport is hosted by the Gladstone PCYC, and has been steadily growing in popularity.

The Gladstone PCYC will host this month's roller disco on Friday night, with three hours of skating for all ages.

Junior coaching is held every Friday from 6-7.15pm. Call 4972 3122 for more details.

Editor's note: A video related to this story was removed at the request of the Gladstone PCYC because voices of other children could be heard in the background.



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