DERBY DAREDEVILS: Airlie Beach Trash Bags initiate Pedro Gearin finds his feet.
DERBY DAREDEVILS: Airlie Beach Trash Bags initiate Pedro Gearin finds his feet. Rory Sheavils

‘Fresh meat’ rolls up to class

A NEW batch of skaters cut their teeth on Thursday night, taking to the Retro Skate rink in Proserpine with the Airlie Beach Trash Bags.

The five initiates are the latest intake into the Trash Bags' Fresh Meat program, teaching the basic skills of roller derby skating to keen locals in a fun 12 weeks of classes.

"We teach people to skate from the very basics all the way up to being able to hit and take a hit on the track," said Airlie Beach Trash Bags president Christine "Boss in Boots" Cleary.

"Some of the skills they'll be working on over the 12 weeks are things like skating backwards, transitioning, jumping over a six-inch object, tomahawks, mohawks - all kinds of things, as well as the rules for the sport of roller derby."

The participants will be given six-week and 12-week exams to pass before they can start training with the senior skaters.

A final test then "steps them up to bouting level".

The Trash Bags have also now voted to become a co-ed league, allowing men to join the fun.

Fresh Meat inductee Pedro Gearin said he was enjoying it so far.

"I'm loving it," he said.

"It's a great sport, good people and a good sense of community spirit too."

To get involved, search for Airlie Beach Trash Bags on Facebook or phone 0437 382 562.

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