Masset Rollergirls program launched

  • Dec. 12, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Women and girls in Masset are on a roll! Over 25 strapped on skates and snagged new skills during a two-day workshop, officially launching the Masset Rollergirls last weekend.”Our hope is to build a supportive community of women – young and old. Through a shared interest in skating, women will connect and ultimately build friendships,” said the Masset Rollergirls committee.Two longtime Terminal City Rollergirls, Barra Couga and Rumble Stiltskin, flew up from Vancouver to facilitate two days of roller skate training, skill development, and skate maintenance at the John Lalonde Roller Rink.The weekend was a great success, said co-coordinator Lucy Neville. Women of all ages united to try a new sport or revive long-dormant skills. The Masset Rollergirls have reclaimed and are refurbishing long-abandoned skates to create a facilitated drop-in roller skating program that encourages physical activity and social connection.This independent project is coordinated by Ms. Neville, Verena Gibbs, and Raven Ann Potschka. It was made possible through two grants from the Haida Gwaii Society for Community Peace and Northern Savings Credit Union.

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