Lake Cowichan is embarking on what is becoming a once again popular sport in the world. Under consideration for the 2020 Olympics, roller derby is a pastime that is not just for women, but men and juniors as well.
Rhonda Webber came up with the idea to start a women’s roller derby team in Lake Cowichan and Lana Bowery is keeping it alive by trying to get more women involved and hosting weekly practices for the ladies.
Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) has minimum skills requirements and governs rules, memberships, equipment, and ranking.
Roller Derby is a contact sport played by two teams with five members each. The object of the game is to score points by lapping members of the opposing team.
You must be 19 years or older to register in an official roller derby competition, but for this league there are no age restrictions. Ages amongst this particular group of ladies ranges from six-years-old to teenagers, to adults.
“We are just trying to get people out to practice with us,” says coordinator Lana Bowery.
Currently, the practices are being held in the Youbou hall until the ice is out of the arena in town. When the ice is removed — around May long weekend — practices will move into town until the ice is put back in, at which time they will go back out to Youbou.
Membership seasons are the same as the Playbook seasons. The cost is $30 per season and skate rentals are available for $2.50. Drop-ins are also welcome and cost only $5.
Derby skates are recommended for the sport. They have wider wheels and are specifically designed for derby. There is also a requirement for safety gear, such as helmets, knee and elbow pads, wrist and mouth guards.
Modern roller derby is an exciting international sport with potential to play against other teams. It is cardio strengthening and fun all in one.
Come out and join the girls in Youbou. For more information, contact Lana at 250.749.6742.