Cleary rises rapidly in roller derby ranks
CHRISTINE ‘ Boss in Boots’ Cleary has made a rapid rise up the roller derby ranks since starting the sport in February this year.
Turning up to Airlie Beach Trashbags fresh meat training earlier this year not knowing how to skate, Cleary credits it with being one of the best decisions she ever made.
“I have made firm friendships, am getting fitter and get to have a lot of fun doing it,” she said.
After following the intensive fresh meat program and with extra assistance from the coaches, Bossy, as she is affectionately known participated in her first bout in July.
“I was so excited to be picked for the travel team and had the opportunity to meet so many new friends who are just as passionate about the sport as I am. I had attended several games beforehand and assisted as a non-skating official (NSO),” she said.
“This gave me the amazing opportunity to get amongst the action from a front row seat, and learn so much from a rules standpoint. I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about it to come down and check it out.” On Saturday, Clearly had another first, refereeing her first two games in Townsville at their double header bout.
Predominantly the referees are male as most women elect to play, but refereeing is a really valuable way to participate in roller derby without the big hits.
“The Zebra Herd (as roller derby referees are known) are a very tight knit and supportive group. Under the guidance of Towns Villains Roller Derby expert referees I officiated my first bouts this weekend,” she said.
“They have been so supportive of the Airlie Beach Trashbags, coaching us and refereeing for us, so I was really glad that I was able to give something back and go up there and referee for them in return.”
Guys and girls interested in joining roller derby should come down to fresh meat training on Sunday, August 25 at the Whitsunday PCYC from 10am-12pm.
They can have a go on skates under the watchful eye of the Trashbags coaches and skaters.
For more information visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AirlieBeachTrashbags.
SHE'S THE BOSS: Christine ‘Boss in Boots’ Cleary (referee's uniform) has made an incredible transformation from non-skater to an important member of the Airlie Beach Trashbags roller derby term and a roller derby referee.