The next generation of Sea to Sky Sirens is getting set to hit the floor.
Starting in January, boys and girls aged five and up will get a chance to hone their roller skating skills and perfect the sport of roller derby at the Brennan Park auditorium.
It’s taken more than a year to put it all together but Bryan Raiser said he’s excited to be able to bring the sport to kids.
“It’s going to be fantastic,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it. What could be more fun than teaching little kids how to roller skate?”
Classes will see participants learn the basics of roller skating and eventually work their way up to perfecting the ins and outs of roller derby. Raiser and other Sirens will help teach the course and he said the eventual goal would be to have a junior travel roller derby team. He said there are several junior roller derby teams in the Lower Mainland.
“Putting together a travel team one day is definitely a goal,” he said. “There are already teams in the Lower Mainland that are eager to come up and play. There should be lots of opportunities for us when we put together a team.”
Kids will be split into two groups: a five- to 11-year-old group and one for 12- to 17-year-olds. Safety equipment is required but Raiser said there will be a few sets of loaner skates for those who don’t have their own. He added that parents can pay for all seven classes at once or try the program as a drop-in.
“I’m hoping Santa is going to be giving out lots of pairs of roller skates this year,” Raiser joked.
He also said roller derby could be a good way for Squamish Minor Hockey Association players to stay in shape during the offseason.
“The dream is to have this class continue through to when the ice comes out of the arena and all the kids who skate on the ice can keep skating through the year having fun and playing games,” he said.
Twenty spots are available for each age group, with the younger group hitting the floor from 4 to 5 p.m. and the older crowd from 5 to 6 p.m.
For more details on the program, visit www.squamishlive.ca.