Rolling out the fun
ROLLER derby is coming to Gladstone.
Competition organisers are calling for expressions of interest in the Gladstone Roller Derby League (GRDL).
Currently training with a core group of females once a week, league president Dion Jacobi said the club hoped to launch regular fixtures in the future.
The competition has all the ingredients needed to begin a Gladstone competition including a trainer, venue and extensive interest, Jacobi said.
GRDL promotions officer Brad Tomlinson said the first exhibition match was still about six months away, but now was the time to get involved.
“We’ve got a trainer, we’ve got a venue, we’ve got people that ride (skates) on a regular bases,” Tomlinson said.
“They (players) have to meet a minimum level of skill and safety before they’re allowed to compete and after that we’ll just run exhibition matches with the girls that we’ve got available.”
Potential players train at 3pm every Sunday at the PCYC hall and all newcomers or “fresh meat” were encouraged to come down.
“You don’t need skates, you don’t need any experience – just as long as you’re interested,” Tomlinson said.
Interest in the sport was sparked through a social networking site before Jacobi and Tomlinson, with the help of PCYC manager Acting Sergeant Peter Dixon and trainer Rob Tyso (formerly of the Gladstone Skate Centre), began putting interest to action.
“Initially there was a Facebook group that started up and we had a lot of interest on there but there wasn’t actually much in terms of people getting out skating,” Tomlinson said.
“Over the last few months we’ve tried to move the thing away from just being a social group that had nothing happening, to getting out, getting trainers, and venues like the PCYC.”
Dixon told The Observer the competition had scope to develop into a reasonably large competition, considering the interested already indicated.
“Something like this, in this town, has the potential to expand pretty quick,” Dixon said.
“How big it expands I’m not quite sure. It is unique and that’s something that this town, as far as I can gather, is looking for – something out of the ordinary.”
You don’t need skates, you don’t need any experience – just as long as you’re interested