ROUGH AND TUMBLE: Interested players can take the first step to learning the basics of the fast-paced sport of roller derby at a forthcoming training clinic.
ROUGH AND TUMBLE: Interested players can take the first step to learning the basics of the fast-paced sport of roller derby at a forthcoming training clinic.

Roller derby training offer

PROSPECTIVE players are invited to take the first step in learning the basics of a fun and action-packed sport.

The Northern Rivers Roller Derby (NRRD) group has organised a 10-week scheme for women interested in learning more about their sport.

Adults are welcome, with players offered basic training in skating and fundamentals of the activity.

NRRD president Ishta Wilson said the scheme would offer players an insight into the rough and tumble sport, which is growing in popularity in the region and across Australia.

"The sport is great fun and is really empowering for women," she said.

"I know plenty of women who enjoy the sport and think it is fantastic.

"There is a great community of people from all over Australia who really support each other.

"It is great for fun and fitness as well."

The "fresh meat" initiative is the latest effort by the NRRD to promote the high-octane sport in the area.

Launching on Thursday, March 14, the sessions will provide basic teaching in skating.

Roller derby teams attempt to score points by lapping the opposition.

Both sides attempt to hinder the other's quest, leading to plenty of clashes between rival players.

Wilson stressed the scheme, which will take place at the Lismore Skate Rink in Bridge Street, was aimed at those interested in getting started in the sport.

Further training would then be provided for anyone wanting to progress further.

"It is a high-intensity contact sport," she said.

"This would allow people to get to the point where they can then learn additional training."

"This has been in our thoughts for a while.

"It is really about forming a group of people that will go on together as a group.

"It should also help us deliver a higher standard of training to future players.

"The sport is great fun and we welcome anyone who wants to try it."

The first session is free of charge.

Players must pay $90 for the remaining events.

Meetings will take place from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

For more information, email nrrdfreshmeat1@gmail.com



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