The Avalanche City Roller Girls are on the hunt for new girls to strap on skates and join the team. They held an information night October 4 and will start their annual Fresh Meat program tonight.
Roller girl Abby Lewtas, aka Flash Fury, said last week’s information night was a huge success in getting new faces to try out the sport of roller derby. “We had about twenty new girls show up, which was awesome,” commented Lewtas. “We gave a bit of an explanation and demonstration on roller derby, and gave them a chance to have a skate around. There was quite a bit of interest from a few of them in coming to join the Fresh Meat program, so we’re really excited.”
Fresh Meat is a seven week apprenticeship program that gives new skaters a taste of what roller derby is all about. The cost is $100 and while it’s preferred that participants have their own skates and equipment, a limited amount of gear will be available for use.
“We’ll be teaching them how to roller-skate, some roller derby skills, and providing more information. Hopefully by the end of the program we’ll have some more girls that will be keen to join our team,” explained Lewtas.
“If we could get another five or seven girls from the new program that would be an amazing achievement, because we are running a bit low on team members. We’re really hoping we can get a bit of new blood in.”
The first Fresh Meat session takes place tonight at the Max Turyk Gymnasium, from 7 to 9 p.m. Anyone interested in signing up can email firstname.lastname@example.org.