July 12: Derby, Derby, Derby!
Well, itâ€™s going to be a derby-filled weekend, Vancouver!
On Friday, the Terminal City Rollergirls All-Stars play Houston Roller Derby All-Stars at Minoru Arena in Richmond (doors at 7:30, whistle at 8, tickets here: terminalcitytickets.com)
Saturday morning, you are going to bring your derby fevour to a nice hot boil at Raw Meat at Royal City Curling Club. Strap on your skates, channel your favourite player, and get ready to learn the roller skating skills and drills that will put you on your own All-Star path. (And hey, All-Stars, if you are up for a little bout cool-down, come on by!)
Saturday evening, itâ€™s back to Minoru Arena for the TCRG league championships. Come cheer on your team at the last bout of the season. (Tickets here: terminalcitytickets.com) And ladies, if you want a warm-up before your bout, you know where to come!
If you havenâ€™t come out to Raw Meat yet, what are you waiting for? Youâ€™ve cheered your team all season, and dreamed of lacing up yourself. Nowâ€™s the time. Get some skates, and come join us to find out what you are capable of.
What youâ€™ll learn at Raw Meat Roller Skating:
Weâ€™ll teach you roller skate, roller-derby style. Expect a variety of skating skills including stops, falls, jumps, agility, skating close to others, pace lines, games and more. Weâ€™ll also teach you some basic derby strategy. All of our sessions are non-contact, so you can learn without fear (well, fear of hip checks, anywayâ€”wheels can still be scary!).
Not interested in derby but you still want to learn to roller skate? Thatâ€™s cool, too! The skills youâ€™ll learn will help you skate defensively (and maybe a little offensively) around obstacles such as rocks, branches, random tourists and stray toddlers.
What to bring to Raw Meat Roller Skating:
Every skater must have roller skates, a helmet, mouth guard, and wrist, knee and elbow padsâ€”no exceptions. Youâ€™ll get sweaty, and youâ€™ll hit the floor, so please dress accordingly.
Sessions are $12. Please bring cash, and exact change is appreciated. There is an ATM at Royal City Curling Club.
Weâ€™ll be at Royal City Curling Club, 75 East 6th Avenue in New Westminster, every Saturday from 10 AM to Noon all summer long, until August 30.
Starting in September, weâ€™ll move back to Thunderbird Community Centre.
1. Be safe.
2. Donâ€™t be an Asshat.