Formed in March 2010 by Joan Jettison
Teams: Dunedin Derby is currently made up of about 30 skaters, with
15 of those skaters making up our first bout team, the "Gallow
The Gallow Lasses play against the Otautahi Allstars on 29 October
Learn to skate (open to all interested skaters), Monday 6.30-8pm at
the Sport Otago carpark.
Where do you train, what kind
of floor and space?
We train at the Edgar Centre, which has large wooden courts. They recently
let us set up a taped track (which we can leave down for the next few
months) on one of the floors, hooray! We also do some outside skating
on concrete courts.
How do you proceed for people
who have never skated before?
We have 'learn to skate' classes that focus on basic skating skills.
Once skaters are comfortable on their wheels, we get them into freshmeat
to start learning derby skills.
How often do you train?
The league generally trains three times a week, with additional team
training/off skate/learn to skate trainings as well. If you went to
every training session you would be skating 5 times a week - but that's
Do you have refs in your area?
Yes we have some fantastic refs, lead by Bear! We are keen to talk to
anyone interested in becoming a ref :)
Why do you love derby?
Derby is our life, heart and soul. Derby is a place where we can be
ourselves - we're not someone's girlfriend/wife/boss/employee/mother.
We skate hard, look out for one another and have a lot of laughs too.
I don't know what we would do without derby!
What are your goals for 2011?
Our first skaters sat their minimum skills midway through 2011. In September,
we welcomed another round of wonderful freshmeat to the league. Our
first bout is in October, and we are currently setting up more bouts
for next year - bring it on!!!