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January: Fitness

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Every January, people muster up resolutions from health to productivity to better living habits.

At WARD, health is very important. With roller derby being a full contact sport, skaters want to maintain their level of fitness to better enjoy their track time and hold their space in their team. This is true of referees and NSOs too, with referees spending entire bouts on skates and most NSOs spending the entire bout standing up! A typical training session sees a skater burn from around 300 to up to 600 calories. Of course, while physical fitness is great for physical health, it can have a positive effect upon mental health, too. Overall, roller derby has a huge positive impact upon the wellbeing of WARDians.

This year, some of our freshies, referees, NSO and skaters have made an accountability pledge to be fitter, healthier and stronger. You will find them at their local gym, doing Parkruns, swimming, trekking, cycling, outdoor skating, at a skate park or running after their kids (that burns a lot of calories!!)

If you find exercise hard, that’s okay. It can be difficult to start with, especially if you are managing a condition. Perhaps the best thing you can do is to start small, making micro-goals. In order to do this, simply take your bigger goals (e.g. “get fit”) and break this into smaller, more achievable and measurable tasks (e.g. “I would like to run 4km in under 25 minutes.”) We do the same thing at WARD- fresh meat with us, we start small, with a chat at info night, and then we teach you how to skate. As you begin to better understand the rules of derby, we do more realistic drills, and finally, you will be ready to go to scrimmage, and then bout! Overall, we want you to achieve and hit your goals.

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It’s also okay if you’re not successful the first time around. As much as it’s great to have wins, setbacks happen to the best of us, and are just opportunities to perfect your skills. We work in 12-week cycles whereby you can re-do a cycle if you’re not ready to move up a level. In fact, you are welcome to repeat a cycle as many times as you like- there is no pressure to move up the levels at WARD. And repeating a cycle is a great opportunity to perfect your skills! Later, we add some off-skate workouts, which is super helpful if you don’t really have time or money to hit the gym. Slowly, surely, you begin to feel stronger, more confident, and ready to join a team.

Take a look at our 2017 WARDians of the year- they all started small and developed into strong people. You can be one too. Our info nights are 20th and 21st of February but if you can already skate or play Derby let us know.

Malaga event: here

O’Connor event: here

Questions? Emails our Freshmeat Coordinator at freshmeat@warollerderby.com.au

See you in February!

Skully

Sober Selfie

Sober Selfie Challenge

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WA Roller Derby took the Sober Selfie Challenge during the month of January. We showed off the good times we always have minus alcohol and training hard for the sport we love.

Our friends over at Good Sports also picked up on our efforts…

Skater Kassey Truesdale said the benefits have far outweighed the social pressures to drink.

“Our members are united, excited about training, and are using the New Year and #SoberSelfie Challenge as a way to give training everything they’ve got,” said Kassey.

“It’s also got some of our members really thinking about having a healthy lifestyle outside of regular exercise they get with skating.

“While our sport allows us to make great friends and bonds, we also take the athleticism of our sport seriously.

“Plus, our sport is played on roller skates, making safety a big priority. To have our members drinking while on skates would be a disaster – it’s hard enough staying upright when you cop a big hit!”

Spiro

October WARDian of the Month: Spiro

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WARDian of the Month for October goes to one of our new blokes on the track, who has also taken on the new role of Dues Officer. Please give a loud wrist guard clap for Spiro (yes real name, not derby name, but possibly could be).

Spiro joined WARD as fresh meat in May this year, having only ever put on skates six months prior.  He turns up to training every week at Malaga with a positive attitude and determination to boot. He reckons that it will take the same amount of time for him to get to level two as it will for people to say his name right! Say it with me peeps SP-EAR-RO.

Spiro has also taken on the new role of Dues Officer and is doing a fantastic job getting WARD up to speed with training cycle payments.

We look forward to seeing Spiro out on the track as part of Team Zebra in the not too distance future,

Well done Spiro, great work.

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Cannon Bill

July WARDian of the Month: Cannon Bill

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This WARDian of the month may skate for another league (for an obvious reason) but he is definitely is part of our WARD family. Fantastic ref, awesome skater and an all-round good guy, so please give a loud wrist guard clap for Cannon Bill.

Bill can be seen wearing number 316 when he is playing for Perth Men’s Derby (PMD) and he is a familiar face as part of Team Zebra.

Bill is regularly at our trainings sessions and doesn’t hesitate helping out with ref-ing some of the drills and also assisting WARDians to improve on their skills and understanding of the game. Thank you Bill for being so friendly, approachable and helpful. You are a valuable asset to the league.

Congratulations Cannon Bill!
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Bladey Jane

April WARDian of the Month: Bladey Jane

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Let’s have a big round of wrist-guard applause for our April WARDian, the fantastic Bladey Jane.

Our Vice President can be seen wearing the number 21 when out on track as a valuable team member for either the WARDs of the Skate or the Electric Screams.

Bladey has a lovely, gentle approachable demeanour, however once that Jammer panty is on her helmet, look out!
She makes light work of getting through the opposing team’s wall while up on her toe stops and as a blocker is just as fierce.

Bladey also is a fantastic coach. For those of you lucky enough to have had a training session or two taken by Bladey, you will know that she has the patience of a saint and is always very encouraging and obliging to explain things ‘once again’.

Congrats Bladey Jane!

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