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Albany Roller Derby League is set to return for 2023 season this April

Jacob Morgan-de LaineAlbany Advertiser
Albany Roller Derby League's Louanna Singleton, Natalie Jarvis, Haidn Bond and Dimitie Cook.
Camera IconAlbany Roller Derby League's Louanna Singleton, Natalie Jarvis, Haidn Bond and Dimitie Cook. Credit: Laurie Benson

Roller derby will return to Albany in April with the Albany Roller Derby League holding a meet-and-greet on March 30 at the White Star Hotel.

After interruptions because of COVID in 2020, the club will start their 2023 season on April 27 with their first game at home in October.

Great Southern Breakers' Jarvis and Hazel Hellrazor celebrate a block.
Camera IconGreat Southern Breakers' Jarvis and Hazel Hellrazor celebrate a block. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The club is an inclusive, body-positive space for those who want to learn to skate and play roller derby.

The club has roller derby for skaters 18 and over and skating programs for young skaters 7-12 years old.

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Roller Derby is a full-contact sport played on roller skates across the world, the emphasis is on teamwork and playing to your strengths.

President Natalie Jarvis said the club welcomed people of all genders, sexualities, cultures, abilities, and faiths to come and learn to skate.

“Roller derby is as much about the community and great friends you make as it is about the sport,” she said.

“Our skaters all come from a range of backgrounds, some having never played sports, some mums, teachers, nurses and lots of people new to Albany looking to make some friends.

“We currently have about half a team and would love new skaters to join the club with the goal of playing this year.

Great Southern Breakers' Samwise Jamgee and Jarvis  attempt to stop WayWARDs' Peaches and Scream.
Camera IconGreat Southern Breakers' Samwise Jamgee and Jarvis attempt to stop WayWARDs' Peaches and Scream. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

“We run a fun and friendly training program for those aged 18 and above to play roller derby and we can teach anyone interested in learning.

The ARDL will be holding their meet and greet at 6pm at the White Star hotel.

For more information email albanyrollerderby@gmail.com.

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