Hal­loween fun at the roller derby

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

Fam­i­lies chas­ing some adrenalin for Hal­loween this year can en­joy the fast-paced ex­hil­a­ra­tion of live roller derby while rais­ing money for a cause.

This year’s Hell-o-wheels event is be­ing held to­mor­row from 6pm at the Sports­drome, Queens Drive. Game fan­fare starts at 6.45pm.

Ro­torua Roller Derby League mar­ket­ing and events co-or­di­na­tor Layla Robin­son says this will be the Sul­phur City Steam Rollers’ fi­nal home game of the 2018 sea­son.

All of the team’s events help to fundraise for their league to go to­wards the likes of travel costs, but for this year’s Hell-o-wheels they are fundrais­ing for New Zealand derby in gen­eral, she says.

This is in­spired by the team Crazy Legs which the Sul­phur City Steam Rollers will be play­ing against to­mor­row.

Crazy Legs skates for an in­vis­i­ble ill­ness — men­tal and chronic ill­nesses.

Layla says Sul­phur City Steam Rollers aim to raise $1400 to send seven rep­re­sen­ta­tives from derby leagues across the coun­try to at­tend the new St John Men­tal Health First Aid course.

She says these mem­bers can then bring in­for­ma­tion back to the leagues and com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“Some­times when team mates are go­ing through a cri­sis you don’t know how to help them.

“Hope­fully this will mean we are bet­ter equipped to help each other when we have tough times.”

Layla says Hell-o-wheels is not like a reg­u­lar sport­ing event.

There will be face paint­ing with a Hal­loween twist and there are prizes to give away to peo­ple dressed up in Hal­loween cos­tumes.

There is also a lolly scram­ble at half-time.

She says the sport it­self is fast­paced with big teams made up of women.

“There’s a lot of hard hits, speed and strat­egy, and a lot of ex­cite­ment. It’s re­ally ex­hil­a­rat­ing to watch.”

It is a great op­tion for fam­i­lies look­ing to do some­thing for Hal­loween with the chil­dren, she says.

Layla says sup­port­ing peo­ple with an in­vis­i­ble ill­ness is im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in a team en­vi­ron­ment.

She says if peo­ple are open about how they are feel­ing and if they are strug­gling, then it puts team mates in a bet­ter po­si­tion to be there, lis­ten and be a bit more pa­tient.

“When they come out the other side they will be that strength for you, should you need it.”

She says they are also tak­ing cash do­na­tions, so if peo­ple can­not go to Hell-o-wheels and want to do­nate they can email sc.steam­rollers@gmail.com

Tick­ets are avail­able for Hell-owheels from Tick­et­mas­ter. There will also be door sales. It costs $15 for adults, $7 for chil­dren and $40 for fam­i­lies — two adults and two chil­dren.

Photo / Mark Coker Photo / Mike Tay­lor

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