When: Saturday, October 20, 5 to 7 PM
Where: Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassiar St.
What: Two hours of roller skating skills and roller derby drills
Who: All levels of roller skater, full safety gear required
Why: Because itâ€™s awesome
How much: $7
â€œâ€¦but I get up again, da da da da daâ€¦â€*
In derby, as in life, falls are inevitable. The real secret of success is not to avoid falling, but to fall small, and get back up.
This session of Raw Meat, weâ€™ll take a good look at a number of stops and falls, as well as how to skate safely in close proximity to other skaters, even if theyâ€”or youâ€”arenâ€™t quite steady on their wheels yet. This session will be excellent if you are a beginner roller skater, but if you are an experienced skater, Iâ€™ve got a few things planned that will test your fitness and endurance. And, since David is such a huge fan of these, weâ€™ll run through a few sets of our new favourite drill, the Australian Surfer Torture.
What youâ€™ll learn at Raw Meat Vancouver Roller Skating:
Weâ€™ll cover stops, falls, agility drills, skating form, roller skating in proximity with others, a few fun tricks, and some (non-contact) roller derby strategy drills.
All levels of roller skater, including beginners, are welcome.
What to bring:
You must have roller skates, and all safety gear: knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, and mouth guard. The venue also requires everyone to use white or light-coloured, non-marking toe stoppers. If your knee pads are black, please cover them with white, non-marking hockey tape. Vertical strips of tape work best.
Raw Meat has two rules: 1. Be Safe, 2. Donâ€™t be an asshat. All sessions are non-contact.
*My profound apologies for inserting an evil Chumbawumba earworm into your brain.
Image courtesy of Rhia Charko, www.rhia.ca.