ROLLER DERBY ANGER OVER ‘TRASHED’ COMMUNITY VENUE
Members of a local roller derby league are furious after the Walkaway Recreation Centre was left trashed following what they say was an out-of-control party.
Members of the Sin City Rollers roller derby league said they arrived for training on August 2 to find the floor of the basketball court they practice on covered in broken glass and grime.
Team rider Roxanne Grant said a cleaner had informed the team the floor would need to be stripped and re-varnished at a cost of more than $6000.
She said efforts had been made to clean the floor but it remained in a terrible state.
“It was like the worst possible pub floor you’ve ever been on — it was sticky to the point of being ridiculous,” she said.
“It was just impossible to skate safely without your wheels and bearings being affected by the alcohol that was still left on the floor.
“Little bits of glass were getting stuck in our wheels too.”
Ms Grant said her teammates were devastated after being left without a permanent training venue in the lead-up to a State tournament in late September.
“The only place we can train is in Walkaway, so it means our training regime has been affected severely and we are still looking for a place that’ll be able to accommodate us,” she said.
Ms Grant said the Geraldton Basketball Stadium had allowed the league to hold a few temporary training sessions but the cost of renting the facility was far more expensive.
“We appreciate their coming to our aid in the emergency, but it’s not a permanent solution because they are reluctant to give us fixed training dates,” she said.
Ms Grant said the recreation centre would suffer because the Sin City Rollers were the only group hiring out the facility on a regular basis.
“We’re their only source of consistent revenue right now, so they’re losing out on fees for hall hire, and we’re losing out because we don’t have anywhere to train for the tournament,” she said.
Ms Grant said the poor state of the floor had also damaged team members’ costly equipment.
“That’s one of the reasons we refused to go back on it, because any extra application would have done permanent damage to our wheels and bearings,” she said.
City of Greater Geraldton chief executive Ross McKim said the damage was unfortunate.
“The City is very disappointed that damage has occurred to an important local community facility. The City is currently investigating what happened and assessing the damage so appropriate actions can be determined,” he said.