Wheel-a-While entering its final weekend

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Members of the NorSask Roller Derby team pose for a Facebook photo. With the impending closer of the Wheel-a-While roller skating rink, the team is left without a permanent home. 

This weekend will be your last chance to skate around Prince Albert’s Wheel-a-While roller skating rink.

 

Hardest hit by the rink’s impending closure will be the young women who make up the city’s roller derby community.

“Now that it’s closed we don’t really have anywhere yet to call home, but it’s not going stop us,” NorSask Roller Derby team found founding member Colette Kadziolka said.

“It was really convenient and we could use it all summer and all winter because there was no other sport.

“Right now, the only place we know of that’s large enough for sure in the city would be hockey arenas, but in the winter and even now the ice is in.”

The team held their final Wheel-a-While practice on March 27, and have since moved on to their interim practice location -- the East End Hall.

It’s with a heavy heart that they said goodbye to Wheel-a-While, Kadziolka said, noting that it’s where team members learned the game and became friends.

“That’s where we always skated,” she said. “It might have been smaller than what a regulation-sized track is, but it was convenient.

“We could have it for our set time, the rent was cheap, and for a group starting out it wasn’t breaking the bank or anything.

“Everyone’s super welcoming and it’s just an easy environment to meet new ladies and to stay active in a fun and encouraging way.”

Now that it’s closed we don’t really have anywhere yet to call home, but it’s not going stop us, Colette Kadziolka

Although this weekend marks the end of the Prince Albert Wheel-a-While roller skating rink, the roller girls will find a way to continue, Kadziolka said.

“We’re still here, even though the rink is closing, unfortunately,” she said.

“We’re still in the process of looking. It’s kind of difficult to find a location in the city that’s large enough and has an adequate floor to skate on.”

They have a few irons in the fire but are open to suggestions.

The NorSask Roller Derby’s next game will take place on April 26 in Swift Current against the Red Neck Betties.

Their next home game will take place on June 21 at Prince Albert’s Steuart Arena.

For more on the team visit their Facebook page, online at www.facebook.com/NSRDL.

The Prince Albert Wheel-A-While roller skating rink will be open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., although staff might keep it open even later for old times’ sake.

See Page 3 of Friday's edition of the Daily Herald for more about the future of the Wheel-a-While building. 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Swift Current

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