Skating but not as we know it

On Wednesday, our training session was cancelled because of a minor event the next day (some sort of election?), meaning our usual hall was otherwise occupied. Apparently, someone thinks that roller derby isn't as important as the democratic rights of the people. Pfft!

A group of us decided that no one - not even Nicola Sturgeon - could stop us getting our skates on, and we headed to Unit 23 Skatepark in Dumbarton.

 Team Skatepark, consisting of Janie Bones, Mad Natter, Puma Thurman, Shona Mercy, Mona Rampage, Jen Fleming, Marshall Lawless and Sarah McMillan.

Team Skatepark, consisting of Janie Bones, Mad Natter, Puma Thurman, Shona Mercy, Mona Rampage, Jen Fleming, Marshall Lawless and Sarah McMillan.

A few of us had never been to a skatepark before, and there was some initial trepidation about the existence of non-flat skating surfaces, but everyone soon got stuck in! Very quickly we were all pushing our boundaries, whether that was dropping into the biggest bowl LIKE A BOSS or just trying out some of the smaller ramps.

 Shona Mercy & Marshall Lawless sporting some GRD merchandise while contemplating the next ramp

Shona Mercy & Marshall Lawless sporting some GRD merchandise while contemplating the next ramp

Unit 23 is a fab venue for skating and we'll definitely be back! If you want to see more of the action, head over to our Instagram where you'll find video evidence of us nailing it (and the times it didn't quite work out!).

 Sometimes things don't quite go to plan, and you end up lying on the floor trying to figure what to do differently the next time!

Sometimes things don't quite go to plan, and you end up lying on the floor trying to figure what to do differently the next time!

We hope to see you back on flatter ground on the 21st of May to watch the Maiden Grrders facing up to Blackpool Roller Derby. Get your tickets online here or on the door. It's going to be a good one! And if you like any of the GRD merchandise modelled so wonderfully in these photos, check out our shop for some old classics or our newest pins and patches.