Fresh meat information night – 13 August 2015

Roller Derby Canberra Fresh Meat Men Women Mixed RefereesThanks to everyone for waiting patiently for the announcement for “Fresh Meat”! Now is your chance to join Canberra’s gender-inclusive roller derby league.

Information night

When: Thursday 13 August
Time: 7 pm
Where: Eight Track Skate Co (Adrenalin Boardstore), 5 Leeton St, Fyshwick

This is where you can come hear all about how freshies and VDL work; ask any questions about derby, skating, gear, etc; and meet and have a chat to some of the trainers and other skaters in the league. Also you can check out the roller derby gear in the shop.

Come-and-try skating afternoon

When: Saturday 15 August
Time: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Where: Queanbeyan High School (car park entrance on Surveyor St) – there will be signs to direct you to the sports hall.

Try some skating out! VDL trainers and team skaters will be there to demonstrate derby skills and help you try some for yourself. Remember it doesn’t matter if you can’t even stand up on skates yet, we’re here to help! (And while it’s not compulsory to have come to the info night to attend the skate afternoon, it does help.)

There will be some gear available to borrow for the come-and-try afternoon. You will need your own mouthguard. A cheap boil and bite one from the chemist is ok, but most people pay a little more for a Sisu brand mouthguard, which is much less bulky. What to wear? Basically what you’d wear to the gym or other workout. And bring a water bottle!

If you are keen to get geared up, 8 Track Skate Co at 5 Leeton St, Fyshwick offers a skate hire and discount purchase deal for freshies.

You will need:

Your own mouthguard
– Derby roller skates (figure/artistic skates not recommended)
– Knee pads with hard caps
– Elbow pads with hard caps
– Wrist guards which have a splint
– Helmet suitable for skate/contact sports

When does the fresh meat ‘boot camp’ start?

Early September – the date will be finalised soon. This will give you enough time to get gear if you need it and make sure you’re ready for freshies! There are no ‘tryouts’ at the end of the 8 weeks, just a non-scary assessment of your skills to take you to your next step in training. We don’t boot anyone out.

If you have any questions at all we are happy to answer them. (Just try to stop us talking about roller derby…) We also have a Fresh Meat FAQ!

You can send our trainers a message here:

Super Fun Trivia Night – Thursday 30 July

Canberra trivia night supporting Varsity Derby LeagueDo you consider yourself a connoisseur of trivial facts? Perhaps even a quiz superhero? Do you also like winning PRIZES?

Then gather your friends together and come test your knowledge with Varsity Derby League for a super fun night of trivia. Leave your Clark Kent life behind for the night and bust out your best superhero costume. There will be prizes for best dressed hero or villain.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2015
Time: 7pm
Location: The Oak Room (upstairs at the Duxton – Macpherson St, O’Connor ACT 2602)

To register a table of up to 8 people* (witty/punny team names strongly encouraged) email us at to secure your booking. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry – we’ll put together teams on the night.

Then buy your tickets online from $20 per person (plus booking fee).

You will be supporting Varsity Derby League in our quest to secure a permanent venue for roller derby!

Your ticket will include:

  • appetisers to fuel your brain
  • a great night of games and trivia
  • the possibility of winning some of our amazing prizes!

Prizes for first, second, and third place, with extra games and plenty of opportunities for prizes throughout the night!

Prizes include:

  • Beer or No Beer – a “deal or no deal”-esque take on winning an awesome Duxton bar tab. You could win anything from a pint of beer to a $500 bar tab courtesy of our lovely host, the Duxton!
  • A group skating lesson from Varsity Derby League skaters, including our very own Wizards of Oz (the Team Australia men’s team), Skateslinger and Copter!
  • Free passes to Varsity Derby League’s September 12 double header.
  • Varsity Derby League merchandise, so that you too can look as cool as us.
  • And lots more!

Skater spotlight – Copter

Men's roller derby skater CopterNot only a Carnage man and a Smackademic, but a Wizard of Oz too, our skater spotlight lights up the one and only Copter!

What’s your name?


How many years have you been skating? 


How did you get involved in roller derby?

I started with VDL as a ref, then took up playing when I moved to Brisbane.

What is your favourite position?

On the track.

What was your best “lightbulb” moment?

Dealing with Team Argentina’s jammers and being told: don’t do anything until you have to.

Do you have a pre-bout routine? 

Lots of food, sun salutations and then some laps listening to music.

Do you have a favourite song to get amped pre-bout?

Dance Remix of Wrecking Ball.

What was your favourite bout moment?

I just love playing! Every moment I’m on the track is my favourite.

How did you choose your derby name?

There a multiple origin stories: one of them is true.

What skate set-up do you have/Do you have any gear recommendations?

Gear is an investment, not a cost.

What is one piece of advice you would give a freshie?

Hit the gym. This game is for strong people.

Did you play sport before derby?

I played Bridge competitively.

Who are your derby heroes and why? 

Fuzz (Team Australia, Uinta Madness). Unmatched skills, top derby brain, amazing on-track and off-track leadership.

How would you sum up your derby playing style in three words?

Slow. Strong. Together. (if we’re doing it right)