Saturday Scrimmage Helps Fund All-Stars’ Trip Up North
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The Pacific Roller Derby’s All-Stars Travel Team is about to experience a truly white winter: The team will be in Alaska Dec. 10-11, skating against the Fairbanks Rollergirls and Anchorage’s Rage City.
Pacific Roller Derby currently conducts its official league practices at Barbers Point, where it also offers lessons for beginners.
“We accept skaters of all skill levels and ages,” said media chairwoman Sylvia Flores (aka Tadbit Nasty). “We also hold New Girl Trainings out in Kalaeloa/Barbers Point that help interested women learn how to skate. There are currently about 10 to 20 women who come to these free training sessions regularly.”
The All-Stars are the best of PRD’s three teams, made up of more than 50 female skaters who are mostly in their 20s and 30s, including some from Ewa Beach and Waianae.
“Although it is technically the league’s off season, our All-Stars are still committed to practicing as much as possible so we can be a cohesive team on the track,” said Flores of the Alaska preparations.“We have been doing both on- and off-skates conditioning and a variety of skill and agility drills, blocking and hitting drills, and we hold regular scrimmages.”
Flores added the team has seen a lot of Mainland action, but this upcoming game will “definitely be the coldest.”
A scrimmage at 4 p.m. Saturday at Barbers Point will help fund the Alaska trip. “Battle for the North Pole: Good vs. Grinch” is at the Hideaway Club at the Coast Guard Air Station. Admission is $5, and all ages are welcome. Non-military must RSVP online by today (Dec. 1) at pacificrollerderby.com for base entry.
Buying snacks there also supports the cause. New, unwrapped toys for the league’s Toys for Tots drive also are welcome.
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