Contact us

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61 Responses to “Contact us”

  1. Infra-Red September 23, 2010 at 4:55 am #

    I am moving from the sunshine coast back to Vancouver and have just started skating with the sunshine coast roller girls. I want to come to skate with raw meat when I get to Van in Nov. Are you part of the CWRDA insurance? I just need to know whether I should get it while I am here or wait til I get there, if you guys have some other thing you do.
    See you in Nov!

    • Melinda September 23, 2010 at 5:56 am #

      Hi, Kimberly,

      Wonderful! I look forward to meeting you in November. We currently have insurance through All Sport. This insurance covers us until February. Individual attendees don’t need anything extra at the moment. As it gets closer to February, we will look into other insurance options, and we may switch, but we’ll give everyone plenty of notice if we do change. Right now, you just need to come out!

  2. Rae July 22, 2011 at 1:48 am #


    I was at the last raw meat and had a great time. I heard something about a three hour raw meat meet on Jul. 30. What’s this all about again? Same time same place?


    • Melinda July 22, 2011 at 5:42 am #

      Yes! It will be at 5-8 at Thunderbird. The 30th is our special Pride Edition! Check back for the details!

  3. Lauren September 9, 2011 at 6:47 am #


    I have recently moved to Vancouver and I was hoping to learn to skate with Raw Meat. Is it still alright for me to join in? And I was wondering when and where you guys meet and if I should bring money along.

    Thank you very much,


    • Melinda September 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      Hi, Lauren! Yes, we’re still on! We’ll be at Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassiar St., every Saturday all winter! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

  4. Theresa September 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi! Rollergirl has the gumball stoppers on backorder. Is it possible to tape up black stoppers for the time being to go to Raw Meat?

    • Melinda September 24, 2011 at 12:22 am #

      Yes, that would be fine as a temporary measure. Be careful, though! It definitely changes the feel of the stoppers.

  5. Natalie November 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm #


    I have a pair of Rebel Probe Skates with upgraded wheels that I am trying to sell worn once for like 20 mins worth $185 selling for $160.00 obo and a Medium helmet $42.00 selling for $30.00 and also I have a gift certificate for Roller Girl (Call them to confirm) for $304.64 that I am willing to sell for $250.00 if anyone is interested, didn’t know how else to let you gals know hope you don’t mind the post, I just figured if anyone was looking for new skates, this might help!



  6. Monster December 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    How I can register for December 3rd?
    I never came before and it would be my [almost] first skating experience too.

    Thanks so much.

    • Melinda December 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      Hi! There’s no need to register. It’s a drop-in session. Just make sure you have all safety gear (roller skates; wrist, knee and elbow pads; helmet; mouth guard; and light coloured toe stoppers). Looking forward to meeting you!

  7. Rachael January 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I am 41 years old and have wanted to do this for a long long time! Is there anyone else my age or close!! Is Raw Meat for beginners too?

    • Melinda January 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi, Rachael, Yes, we are for beginners as well as all level of skaters. There’s no age limit on skating, and we have lots of skaters near, at, or above your age. Please come on out! Let me know if you have any other questions. -Melinda

  8. Leticia March 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi! I’ve been interested in joining something like Raw Meat, sounds like a fun time! What age do you have to be to join? I would love to participate!

    • Melinda March 14, 2012 at 4:35 am #

      Hi, Leticia, We are a 19+ group.

  9. linda Kramer "Lulu Lightning" April 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Hello Ladies, I am in town this week for a relative who became unexpectedly very ill. I cannot be at the hospital all the time and would love to see a practice and/or pick up some merchandise. I play for the Grand Funk Hellcats in Flint MI (WFDA apprentice team). Nothing cheers me up like derby! Let me know if you are available. Derby Love! Lulu

    • Melinda April 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      Hi, Lulu, You are most welcome to drop by our practice today, 5-7 at 2311 Cassiar St. I’ll bring some Raw Meat stickers for you. Also, afterwards, from 8 to 10 there is a public skate at Central City arena (near Surrey Central Skytrain), and they rent skates, if you need a little time on wheels. I hope everything goes well for your family!

  10. Shannon June 13, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    Hi there Rawmeat!

    My name is Shannon and I’m a member of the Van Diemen Rollers from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. I’m heading to Vancouver for a conference in July and was hoping I could come and skate with you girls? I’ve just finished fresh meat with my league but I’ve only just started contact. I’ve still got heaps to learn in terms of skating so I thought I could come to one or two of your skate sessions…it sounds like I can just rock up? Also, what wheels do most of you run at the curling club?
    Cheers, Shannon.

    • Melinda June 13, 2012 at 6:11 am #

      Hi, Shannon! It will be great to meet you! We’ve got a few Aussies in Raw Meat. You can certainly drop in when you are in town. Because our sessions are non-contact, they are just drop-in; you don’t need anything special, as long as you have all your safety gear. As for wheels, you will want reasonably sticky indoor wheels. The surface is painted concrete. It’s really smooth and fun, but it can be slippery. I use Diamond wheels there myself.

      You might also want to join our Facebook group. If the weather is nice, post a message there, and someone is sure to want to skate the seawall with you. If you are in town in summer, you really must skate the seawall–it’s a key Vancouver experience. Let me know if you have any other questions!



      • Shannon June 18, 2012 at 3:07 am #

        Thanks Melinda! I can’t wait to escape the winter here and experience some sun and skating in Vancouver! Everybody I talk to says such great things about your city…As for wheels, I have some diamonds that are 90’s, they would be suitable? I’ll bring my outdoor wheels too, the seawall looks awesome! I have requested to join the rawmeat group on FB so I’ll be sure to keep in touch! Thanks again!

        • Melinda June 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

          Yes, the Diamonds should be perfect! Looking forward to skating with you.

  11. jenean skappak September 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Hello Gals,
    I hope that you are doing well and that you are having a great day! I am interested in starting roller derby and am wondering if there is another date and time to join raw meat other that saturday evenings?
    I work in the restaurant industry and typically work saturday nights. I would be open to learning about the other possiblities to help me learn how to skate and about deby if you could please point me in the right direction!

    • Melinda September 12, 2012 at 5:18 am #

      Hi, Jenean,

      I’m sorry to say that our only time at the moment is the Saturday evening slot. We will move back to a Saturday morning at the Royal City Curling Club next April, but sadly, that’s a ways away. If you join our Facebook group, you’ll find skaters often arrange meetups at outdoor spaces during the week.

      Hopefully, you can make it out sometime!

    • Melissa November 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Hi – if you want someone to be new with and practice skating sometime let me know. I (also) can’t make many of the Saturday evening sessions.

  12. Alice September 23, 2012 at 10:42 am #


    I’m moving to Vancouver at the end of the month from the UK. I have played roller derby in the UK. Would it be ok to join you ladies at a training session? Do you have spare skates, or should I bring mine?

    • Melinda September 28, 2012 at 1:16 am #

      Hi, Alice,
      Yes! We’d love to see you! All our sessions are drop-in, so just come on by. We don’t have extra skates, unfortunately, so you will need to bring your own.

      Looking forward to meeting you!

  13. Melissa November 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Hey all, I’ve gone and bought me some wheels and the sweet little fresh meat package along with it. Do you get together every week? If so, I’d love to come out tonight – or whenever the next practice is. I’m new (super new) but really keen to learn some skills and meet some people!

  14. mariela zapata March 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm #


    do you do roller skate rentals to take out? and can you give me a phone number please?

    Thanks very much
    Mariela Zapata

    • Melinda March 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      Hi, Mariela,

      Sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately, we don’t have skate rentals. Email me at and we can chat more.

  15. Sam March 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm #


  16. Mari mayer March 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    hi! I bought some roller skates quite a few years back and just dusted them off a week ago. im not a good skater, but would love to be! im on the north shore and looking for lessons on how to excel in my ability to roll like a pro! where can i take lessons close to home – Vancouver area?

    • Melinda March 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Hi, Mari! Come skate with us! On March 30 and April 6, we’ll be at Thunderbird Community Centre at 2311 Cassiar St. (8th and Cassiar, near Rupert Skytrain) from 5-7 pm. You just need your skates and safety gear (helmet, mouth guard, wrist, elbow and knee pads). On April 27, join us at Royal City Curling Club, 75 East 6th in New Westminster from 12:30 to 2:30. These sessions continue in New West all summer, and we’ll be back at Thunderbird at the end of August.

  17. Alice March 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    I am a member of a very FRESH league- we have been skating for about 4 months. We came across your fresh meat report card, and love it! We want to do skills testing, but are not quite ready for WFTDA, yet still want to record everyone’s progress. Would you mind if we used your form as a base for our basic skills testing in our league? I wanted to make sure I asked before cut pasting things or putting our league name on something that is yours, Thank you! 🙂

    • Melinda March 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi, Alice! Nice to hear from you. Good luck on your league! You can certainly use our test. Just please give us credit for whatever you use of it. If you, or any of your skaters are ever in Vancouver, please drop in to Raw Meat and say hi!

  18. Lindsey April 17, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    I’m new to the city, but not new to derby. I did the ‘Fresh Meat’ in Ottawa, and passed my minimum skills test to become a WFTDA skater. Our Fresh Meat program was a little different, as we had to join and then pay monthly dues…
    Is it the same here? Or do I just drop in and pay each time?
    I’d like to skate for the summer, so I can try out for a team in the fall, but I am a little confused as to where to start.

    Thanks a bunch!!

    – Trixy Vader/Lindsey

    • Melinda April 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      Hi, Lindsey,

      All of our Raw Meat sessions are drop-in. You can just come by any time you can! If have recently passed WFTDA basic skills, then you are welcome to come to our advanced sessions, 10-noon on Saturdays at 75 East 6th St., New Westminster, starting on April 27. We also have all-level-welcome sessions every Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30.

      I hope to see you soon!



      • Lindsey April 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

        Perfect! I’ll see you soon!!!!

  19. Laura Benson April 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Anyway to rent equipment for first couple sat am drop ins in new west? Thanks Laura

    • Melinda April 26, 2013 at 5:11 am #

      Unfortunately, there is no where to rent roller skates in town. If you are just looking to try it, you could try joining our Facebook group, and seeing if anyone has skates in your size that you could borrow. I hope you can make it out!

  20. abigail tosto April 30, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    Hello, I was looking at your site the other week trying to plan for a night out with a bunch of ladies and, back then, there was roller-skating lessons on Saturday from 5 – 7…I take it that its not happening anymore (fingers crossed it is and I have just missed it on your site?). Cheers, Abi

    • Melinda April 30, 2013 at 5:03 am #

      Hi, Abigail,

      I”m sorry, we do not do the 5-7 pm Saturday sessions through the summer. We’ll return to 5-7 sessions at Thunderbird Community Centre in September. If you are looking for a fun roller skating activity with new skaters, your best bet is Central City Arena. Every Saturday from 8-10 they do a public skate, with disco lights and music, and they offer skate rentals. They are just outside of Surrey Central Skytrain Station.

      • abigail tosto April 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

        thank you!!!

  21. Lindsay Steel July 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm #


    My name’s Lindz and I have roller skated (and bladed) for the last 26 years casually.

    I’m wanting to get into a sport and am very intrigued by roller derby!!

    If possible I’d like to drop in and observe one of your training sessions.

    Please let me know if and when it would be possible to do so.

    Ta 🙂

    • Melinda August 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi, Lindz,

      I’m so sorry for the delay in getting back to you! You are welcome to drop in and observe any session that works for you. Our last session of the season at Royal City Curling Club is Aug. 31 at 12:30. We start again at Thunderbird Community Centre from 5-7 on Saturdays on Sept. 14. It’s at 2311 Cassiar, near Rupert Skytrain.

      I hope to see you soon!

  22. Scott Corobotiuc August 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Hi, i’m wondering if there might be a team interested in wearing Dirty Rocker? We’d love to dress a team!!!

    • Melinda August 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi, Scott! There’s no Raw Meat team, we just to drop in, but I’m sure there’s a team out there that would be interested.

  23. Dirty August 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Can you suggest an area or place to skate? I will be visiting 09.08 am to 09.14 afternoon. I can’t make it to the public skate session at City Arena but would love to get my skate on while in beautiful Vancouver.


    • Melinda August 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Welcome to Vancouver! That week should be sunny and beautiful. You must skate the seawall! It’s the most beautiful area of Vancouver to skate. There are a few ways to get there on transit. You can start from Waterfront Skytrain, and follow the signs to the Vancouver Convention Centre. You get on the seawall at the water level behind the convention centre. That will take you along False Creek, around Stanley Park, and back (16ish km). If you want a shorter trip, take a bus to the Stanley Park Aquarium (or drive there), and get on the seawall there, for a 10km loop. You can also start at Science World for a bit longer trip. Get off the Skytrain at Main St., and walk to the water. Skate to the north (right as you face False Creek, or towards downtown). The north side takes you around the city to Stanley Park. You can then come back to Main St. (21km) or keep going along to Waterfront skytrain (15km). The south side of False Creek is not particuluarly skatable. It’s really rough.

      If you want a place to do skills, there’s a nice lacrosse box at Sunset Beach (along the seawall, or you can drive and park there There’s also really large playing courts at Queen Elizabeth Park, which is a lovely park, near the Canada Line skytrain On Commercial Drive, there’s the bike polo court. East Van Derby runs drop-in scrimmages there on Saturday mornings, if you can make that, or it’s nice to skate any time, and the Drive is fun, funky neighborhood to explore ( I hope that helps!

  24. tammy September 17, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Hi, I’d love to get into this! I just found out I missed your try outs?
    Can I still join if I get my gear?

    • Melinda October 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      Hi, Tammy! Sorry for the delay in replying. I think you are thinking of the Terminal City Rollergirls tryouts, which happened in September. Raw Meat is a drop-in group for learning skating skills, and you can drop in an skate with us anytime!

  25. skyelea October 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Do you ever do private parties in the middle of a weekday? Kids are 8-13 years old.

    • Melinda November 7, 2013 at 5:34 am #

      Hi, Skyelea, Sorry, no, we just have one practice a week, for adults. You could try Central City Arena in Surrey. They rent space for roller skating.

  26. Morsir January 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    I am getting ready to come and join your fresh meat session tomorrow. Looking forward to it.
    Also and more importantly, I do have the protective gear except the mouth guard and ALSO I need to buy roller-skates (don’t have any) but all the prices I have seen I cannot afford, so I am hoping to find used skates to buy tomorrow before the session. The other challenge is, my feet size is hard to find. I am around a 10.5 in regular shoes.
    Please advise soonest.
    Thank youuu

    • Melinda January 17, 2014 at 3:02 am #

      Hi! I hope to see you out soon! Unfortunately, I don’t know of any reliable source of used skates, but hopefully you can find some that will work for you!

  27. Karen January 6, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Hello! I am looking for a new winter activity and was thinking of trying roller skating. I was wondering if it is possible to rent equipment to try it out or if I need to come with all my own stuff.

    Thank you,

    • Melinda January 9, 2015 at 5:16 am #

      Hi, Karen, Sorry for the slow reply! Unfortunately, there is no skate rental in town. If you’d like to join us, you will need your own gear. I’d suggest Rollergirl (11th at Main St.) for new gear. Used gear sometimes pops up on Craigslist, or you can join the Raw Meat Facebook group. Sometimes people sell old gear there (Note: lightly used skating gear does have resale value!). You are welcome to come observe a session if you aren’t sure if it’s for you.

  28. Deanna Kayne February 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    I am looking to rent roller skates for an event in August for adults and possibly teen/children too.
    Would you like to do some derby demos and could I rent skates from you for an event at a rink downtown?



  29. Ashley October 26, 2015 at 5:09 am #

    I just moved to Van and I want to help out. I did Fresh Meat last year and skated on he a and b teams. How do I get involved?

    • Melinda November 5, 2015 at 12:26 am #

      Hi, Ashley, You can drop in to Raw Meat any Saturday and skate with us. If you want to re-join a league, talk to the TCRG ( They have a transfer system for qualifying skaters, and they also always needs volunteers, referees and NSOs. I hope that helps!

  30. Rooni April 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Just read and really enjoyed your post on “Learning to Roller Skate: Advice from a Fellow Newbie” that was posted almost 5-1/2 years ago. Thank you for writing it! Good tips for beginners. While I am not a rank beginner, it’s been a LONG time since I have worn a pair of roller skates. I have inline skates and always feel like my heart is in my throat every time I skate in them. Plus they are HEAVY! Just bought a pair of Roller Derby Viper M4 skates that can be used indoors or outdoors. I’m going to (safety) gear up and go slow. And I really appreciate your tongue-in-cheek advice about being able to relax while skating:

    “You won’t be able to relax on skates until you have convinced your brain that you have enough skill to keep it alive. You earn your relaxation, with hours on skates, building skills and confidence. Once you can relax a bit, it’s good to scan your body for tense spots, and try to loosen up, but that won’t come for a while. Just be terrified, keep skating, and don’t bludgeon anyone. It really is bad for your bearings.”

    Ha ha ha ha!!! Thank you!

    • Melinda April 14, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

      Thank you so much, Rooni! I hope you have an awesome time on your new skates!

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