Roller Derby Xtreme (RDX) are pleased to announce the names of the Australian Roller Derby skaters that have been selected to participate in the RDX Training Camp taking place on 19 and 20 November at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, culminating in 12 stand out participants being selected to go on to skate alongside the LA Derby Dolls and New York Gotham Girls Roller Derby as honorary team members at Roller Derby Xtreme.
The RDX Training Camp is an invitational clinic designed to introduce some of the East Coast’s most skilled flat track skaters to banked track skating. Australia’s Roller Derby community skate exclusively on the flat track - banked track skating has not been seen in this country for over 30 years and requires a completely different skill set to flat track, so this a rare and much coveted opportunity for Australia’s Derby community to diversify their skating expertise. Coached by the LA Derby Dolls' Tour Captain, Lace N’ Arsenic and New York Gotham Girls Roller Derby Tour Captain, Bonnie Thunders, on RDX’s custom-designed state of the art banked track.
RDX Training Camp will feature two days of skate skills, game play and strategy culminating in a 2 hour long action packed "battle for your life" bout on the banked track. How the Australian skaters perform out on track will determine who makes the cut.
The bank is 4 and a half foot high at both ends and the track is at a 23 degree angle enabling the skaters to clock speeds of up to 40kms and hour on the straights! This is Roller Derby like we've never seen it before!
RDX commentator Betty Bamalam headed up the selection committee in consultation with local league Head Coaches and the Team captains of the LA Derby Dolls and New York Gotham Girls Roller Derby. After whittling down the short list, 53 of the best skaters from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and surrounding cities have been selected to take part in the RDX Training Camp, with the LA Derby Dolls and New York Gotham Girls Roller Derby ultimately selecting the 12 skaters who will join them and have the opportunity to represent their city and their local Roller Derby league at each RDX bout.
LA Derby Dolls’ Lace N' Arsenic said what she’ll be looking for at RDX Training Camp is “great skating form, the ability to stop quickly and take off suddenly, proper blocking technique, and the ability to adapt and understand strategies quickly. I want to see aggression and courage under pressure and smart play.”
On the West Coast, Gotham Girls Roller Derby’s Bonnie Thunders said “Gotham will specifically looking for good team work, especially the ability to partner with anyone on the track, whether or not you've ever skated with them before. Our team works like a well-oiled machine so we need skaters who can slot right in. Of course, comfort on the banked track is a huge asset. We'll be keeping an eye out for self-motivated skaters who are able to adapt quickly”