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Avon River Rollers pitch in with fundraising efforts to get wifi at Newport rink

From left, Wendy Jordan (Bitta Badness), Katherine Brown, Evelyn Keddy (EvilLyn), Heather Deveaux, Kim Sutherland (Diva Slayer) and Marjie Lynn (Tainted Shove) pose for a photo while singing along to Summer Nights during a disco derby fundraiser at the GFL Newport Recreation Centre July 28.
From left, Wendy Jordan (Bitta Badness), Katherine Brown, Evelyn Keddy (EvilLyn), Heather Deveaux, Kim Sutherland (Diva Slayer) and Marjie Lynn (Tainted Shove) pose for a photo while singing along to Summer Nights during a disco derby fundraiser at the GFL Newport Recreation Centre July 28. - Carole Morris-Underhill

NEWPORT, N.S. — The Avon River Rollers is doing their part to help the GFL Newport Recreation Centre get wifi installed.

The roller derby league skates out of the facility during the summer months and recently held a disco derby, where part of the proceeds was donated to the arena’s wifi campaign.

Kira Awrey (Disfigure Skater) and Kate Forsyth (Bob Loblaw) manned the entrance booth at the Avon River Rollers' disco derby fundraiser. - Carole Morris-Underhill
Kira Awrey (Disfigure Skater) and Kate Forsyth (Bob Loblaw) manned the entrance booth at the Avon River Rollers' disco derby fundraiser. - Carole Morris-Underhill

“We’re hoping to increase the wifi and we’re also trying to draw more attention to the wonderful sport of roller derby here in Windsor,” said Kate Forsyth (a.k.a. Bob Loblaw), who was busy welcoming people to the disco derby fundraiser on July 28.

The Rebel Belles, the main team that skates under the Avon River Rollers banner, helped people get their derby legs under them while boogieing to the tunes of the 1980s.

“It’s fun seeing everyone come in with their costumes and music from way back when I was a youngster. Everyone out there on skates is having a good time,” she said.

Forsyth said the turnout was great for the fundraiser, as has the support the club has received since it was launched about a year ago.

She said the disco derby event not only helped raise funds for wifi at the arena but drew more awareness to the organization. The Avon River Rollers have a learn to skate ‘intake’ night coming up on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre in Windsor. All skill levels are welcome to attend.

Forsyth said while the club is always looking for new skaters, it especially needs referees and non-skating officials to sign up.

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To learn move, visit the Avon River Rollers on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/avonriverrollers.

All ages and skill levels stopped by the GFL Newport Recreation Centre to participate in an evening disco roller derby. - Carole Morris-Underhill
All ages and skill levels stopped by the GFL Newport Recreation Centre to participate in an evening disco roller derby. - Carole Morris-Underhill

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