Roller tag gains momentum with whole family

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Linda Candeloro, her son James, 12, Maria Swaddling, Farrah Clarke and her daughter Phoenix, 11.
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How does a new sport the entire family or friend group can play together, no matter their sporting ability, sound?

That is exactly what roller tag is and the Great Southern-grown sport is now in its third year and ready for anyone to come and have a crack.

Maria and Lloyd Swaddling created the game in 2016.

Ms Swaddling said while they always had high hopes of the game appealing to a broad range of players, roller tag had already exceeded all expectations.

“When we developed roller tag, it was to provide an opportunity for people to dust off their skates and have fun,” she said. “The competitive element to the game involves simple strategy, similar to chess, but can be played at any level depending on age and skating ability.

“There have been players joining the roller tag league after 20 years away from skating who, within four weeks, are back to skating at a high standard.”

Roller tag is now a fully accredited league, affiliated with Skate WA and incorporated through the WA Department of Sport and Recreation.

The Great Southern league of the non-contact sport has already attracted players from as far away as Kojonup, Frankland River, Kendenup, Denmark and Ravensthorpe.

Teams meet in Albany weekly to play in-house competitions and take part in inter-league competitions throughout the year.

Players can either form their own team of six or join an existing team.

Bendigo Bank Albany recently awarded a grant of $2650 for organisers to buy 20 pairs of new skates in a variety of sizes, to be used as hire skates.

For more information on roller tag, contact Ms Swaddling on 0419 923 728.

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