Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Adam Poulsen

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.

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