Dou­glas Derby Di­vas set to rock sports expo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

“WHEN I put my skates on I for­get ev­ery­thing there is about life and I be­come a skater. “I love be­ing a skater. “I feel free; I don’t have a care in the world.”

Meet Vi­o­lent Gemmes (aka Gemma Walker), who is one of the founders, back in 2013, of the Dou­glas Derby Di­vas roller skat­ing team.

“We train for two hours and the time flies. And you work ev­ery mus­cle in your body, mus­cles in places you never knew you had.”

The Di­vas are still very much in the build­ing stage but they have high hopes of bringin in oth­ers to this rapidly grow­ing sport.

“We’re still in the train­ing stage. we have to pass our min­i­mum skills, which is the WSTDA re­quire­ment, to be able to play com­pet­i­tively,” Vi­o­lent Gemmes said.

“Once we do, we’ll be com­pet­ing agains tthe Cairns teams, Townsville, Mackay, Rock­hamp­ton, and the Table­lands.

“The sport is pop­u­lar in Vic­to­ria, which has a very good league that com­petes in the world cup (the last one was in the US in 2016.)

“It’s def­i­nitely a sport that is grow­ing,” said Ms Gemmes, “I think be­cause of the so­cial as­pect as well.

“You get to meet a lot of peo­ple along the way.

“It at­tracts fam­i­lies to com­pete or watch – we’ve all got kids, we’re all fam­i­lies.

“Which is why we’re go­ing to in­tro­duc­ing a ju­nior team for our league.

“With all of our kids, we’ve got a ju­nior team. There’s a ju­nior roller derby in Cairns but we’d like one in our dis­trict.” The ju­nior league is for boys and girls.

They do have fun on the rink.

Apart from the com­pe­ti­tion it­self, the Derby Di­vas have had events such as retro theme nights on the roller skates, with pumpin’ mu­sic and cos­tumes. The Di­vas have roller dis­cos once a month. Re­cently they hosted Moss­man youth cen­tre kids for a night of skat­ing, and they all had a blast.

The Di­vas are plan­ning train­ing ses­sions dur­ing the school terms this year.

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Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Three of the Dou­glas Derby Di­vas: (L-R) Zan­dra Huf­fa­dine (Huf­fPint), Gemma Walker (Vi­o­lent Gemmes) and Iwalani Batal­soMartinelli (Omb)

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