This Girl Can – Victoria is a VicHealth initiative that is very close to South Sea’s heart. With its celebration and support of Victorian women who embrace physical activity in a way that suits them. While many of us know that exercising is important for our physical and mental health, that doesn’t change the fact that half of us aren’t getting enough exercise each week.
Why? The This Girl Can team report that a big part of why Victorian women do not try new activities or get involved in sport is a fear of being judged, or not being fit enough to start. Not to mention, twice as many women than men put off getting active because they’re worried about what other people think. Sound familiar?
We often hear “I would love to try roller derby but…. <insert excuse here>”. This is where the idea for a no-strings-attached FREE Come & Try session as part of This Girl Can week, March 2018, was born. With SSRD coaches on hand, along with Sk8house Figure Skating and Speed Skating clubs, this was a perfect opportunity for women to leave the excuses at the door. To try out roller sports in a fun, friendly, no obligation sample session. It was a huge success with many attendees finding a fresh love for sports and physical activity and going to join one of the clubs. Follow-up events have been equally as successful and since its inception, This Girl Can – Victoria reports to have inspired 1 in 5 women aged between 18-65 across the state to get active.
SSRD have another reason to feel especially proud of this success. Founding member Harmin’ Miranda has been a This Girl Can ambassador since it’s launch in 2018, making appearances in many forms of media advertising – including this amazing television commercial alongside other South Sea members. Miranda put herself forward for the ambassadorship because she is passionate about roller derby and advocates for all women to find physical activity that focuses on what their body can do rather than how it looks. We could not agree more! What do you think……?
As a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), South Sea Roller Derby is committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices in relation to all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants, and aims to ensure that all skaters’, volunteers’, and employees’ rights are respected and protected.