Clarence Valley Women treasurer Vicki St Lawrence and president Susan Howland and Clarence Valley Roller Derby League treasurer Belinda Head and president Jade Simpson after the grant.
Clarence Valley Women treasurer Vicki St Lawrence and president Susan Howland and Clarence Valley Roller Derby League treasurer Belinda Head and president Jade Simpson after the grant.

Women lend a helping hand

CLARENCE Valley Women was established in 2003 with the aim of developing and promoting the roles, opportunities, choices and sustainable outcomes of women in the Clarence Valley.

So when the fledgling Clarence Valley Roller Derby League approached the Clarence Valley Women to make a grant application to New South Wales Communities – Sport and Recreation for $10,000 to help with establishment costs, the women’s group was only too happy to assist.

“The application was successful and representatives of the Clarence Valley Women and the Clarence Valley Roller Derby League made the announcement to the League at Friday night’s training session,” women’s president Susan Howland said.

“The funds will assist with the supply of specialist equipment, uniforms and protective gear, and training sessions for members, referees, coaches and officials.

“The Clarence Valley Women Inc congratulates the Clarence Valley Roller Derby League on the establishment of this great new sport for women in the Clarence Valley, the need for which is demonstrated by the rapid increase in the numbers joining and participating every week.”

Howland presented the cheque to league president Jade Simpson at training at the weekend.

“The Clarence Valley Roller Derby League could not have got started without the help of Clarence Valley Women Inc, who assisted us in the process of becoming incorporated, assisted us in applying for the grant and helped us establish our first committee,” Simpson said.

What started as a dream and a car boot full of rental skates last year has turned into an extraordinary league with more than 60 members, who train Wednesday and Friday nights at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre.



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