By: Hilary “Killory Knox” Lightening
The North Coast Nightmares are gearing up for another season with some new recruits and returning skaters eager to take their game to the next level.
“We have grown in numbers and determination this season. The team is committed to improving their game. It is going to be an excellent year,” says Coach Chris “Skimo” Thomas, “as a team we are focused on off-skate conditioning to improve our performance on the track.”
With two home bouts planned this Spring (April 9th and May 7th), two tournaments and one away game scheduled, the Nightmares are focused and working hard to develop their presence locally and in the roller derby community.
“Last season our team gained a lot of experience competing against larger, more established teams. Some of our players have taken advantage of participating in events in the lower mainland as part of Northern Mayhem, a regional pick-up team, and that exposure and experience really develops their skills,” adds Thomas.
The team is gaining increased community interest in the sport. More women are taking part in the teams’ annual Fresh Meat program that introduces participants to the basic skills needed to play roller derby and the team was pleased to welcome new recruits as a result. Freshly benchmarked skater Kaili “Veloci Ripper” Abbott who joined the team last season says, “I love how you get a good workout and don’t really notice it because you’re having fun.”
The team is always recruiting new players, referees and non-skating officials. Practices are held at the Community Gym at the former Thornhill Junior Secondary School. Thomas points out, “having a full sized, year round venue has been instrumental in our teams development.”