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September 25, 2018

Port City Roller Derby to host Jan. 16 Open House-Recruitment


OSWEGO — Port City Roller Derby hopes the league’s Jan. 16 Open House and Recruitment event can help with at least a few new year’s resolutions.

“Many people resolve to get in better shape, lose weight or get on a fitness plan,” said Jayda Calhoun, also known as Jaded Glory, chair of PCRD’s training committee. “We offer a way to get in shape and have a lot of fun at the same time.”

Port City Roller Derby will offer an Open House and Recruitment at 8 p.m. Jan. 16, at the Oswego YMCA Armory for anybody interested in skating, refereeing or other volunteer positions. Here PCRD skaters line up prior to a win on the road in Ottawa last August, part of the league's 8-2 season in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Pellerine/Renee Pellerine, www.bookthebooth.ca)

Port City Roller Derby will offer an Open House and Recruitment at 8 p.m. Jan. 16, at the Oswego YMCA Armory for anybody interested in skating, refereeing or other volunteer positions. Here PCRD skaters line up prior to a win on the road in Ottawa last August, part of the league’s 8-2 season in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Pellerine/Renee Pellerine, www.bookthebooth.ca)

The open house, which will run about an hour starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 16, at the Oswego YMCA Armory on West First Street, will offer information on the sport and its benefits, demonstrations of how to play derby and details on the many different roles the non-profit community organization provides.

“Our competitive teams are for women, but we welcome men as well because we always need referees, non-skating officials and other talented volunteers,” said membership chair Vanessa Vickery, aka Murmaider. “If your resolutions include meeting new people or trying new things, roller derby is one big family that welcomes women and men from every walk of life.”

The recruitment is for the adult league, entering its fourth season, with skating positions available for women 18 years of age or older.

“If you’ve never skated before, that’s totally cool,” Calhoun said. “Some of our best skaters never strapped on a pair of skates before they started roller derby. We provide all the training, and we proceed at whatever pace the skater finds comfortable.”

About Port City Roller Derby

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run non-profit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community. PCRD always seeks skaters, refs and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training.

For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email [email protected]

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