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Get your skates on

Thursday, 16th December, 2010

Judith Merritt and Nicole Johnson are looking for skaters with attitude and a sense of adventure Judith Merritt and Nicole Johnson are looking for skaters with attitude and a sense of adventure

By Stefan Delatovic

Local women looking for excitement, adventure and a desire to get f it with like-minded people are being asked to get their skates on.

A growing group is planning to start a roller derby competition in the city. Step one, skate lessons, are already underway.

Organiser Nicole Johnson said training was attracting a lot of ladies with various levels of ability. Adelaide derby competitor "Blue Wrenegade" will bevisiting the city every few weeks to hold training clinics.

It's hoped that a competition can get going by the middle of next year. All players will need a level of competency and safety.

Roller Derby is enjoying a resurgence in popularity throughout Australia, with leagues now running in all the major cities. 

Ms Johnson said it was fierce and fabulous, and a far cry from its staged, performance-based roots. 

Two teams of skaters race around a track at the same time. Each has one member, a jammer, trying to lap the others. Each time they do a point is scored, but they have to get past the opposing team's blockers.

Everyone wears full safety gear. While the sport has evolved, the attitude remains, and roller derby retains a burlesque atmosphere with overt fashions such as knee-high socks, fishnets and tutus.

Competitors adopt unrestrained alter-egos and names such as Bonnie Crash or Miss Brutiful. Learn to skate classes are held every Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm and Saturdays, 10am to 12pm, at the skating rink in Garnet Street at the Memorial Oval.

For those with some skate skills, "raw meat" classes are being held every Sunday at the rink from 1pm to 3pm. Skate hire is available.

For those with their own skates, quad models are preferable, but it's alright to get started on in-line skates. Referees and trainers are also required, andthese roles can be filled by women or men.

For more information or to register your interest call Nicole on 0428 435 580 or Amanda on 0427 534 848.

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