On our way to Morley Rollerdrome, carefully following the directionally challenged lady from Google Maps (she took us to a dead end in Bayswater!), Ben asked me when I last roller-skated. Well, that got me thinking. First, I had to work out how old I am (I have to work backwards, these days, and then count again, because that can’t POSSIBLY be right), and then think about whether I’ve ever skated as a mother (no), while living in London (no), during uni (no), since I moved from Thornlie (no), which led to the shocking revelation that I haven’t skated in close to 30 years. Thirty years! (And also the revelation that I used to live in Thornlie, but that’s a story for another day.)
And I’d love to say that I was a pro skater in my day, all leg warmers and pirouettes, but that would be a lie. I was dreadful. In much the same way that I was given the job of ‘holding the jumpers’ while the girls at primary school practised their gymnastic routines, I was better at drinking Slushies than skating. And so, it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I approached Morley Rollerdrome on Saturday afternoon for the 2-4pm session. I mean, you don’t want to make a twit of yourself in front of your kid, let alone your boss (former ‘teen’ pro-skater and 80’s Rollerdrome regular KidzaBoss Bec) and her lovely son Jacob.
Needn’t have worried! Ben stole the limelight with his ‘unusual and rarely upright’ skating technique, and totally took the heat off me. Thanks Ben! I’m proud to say he’s inherited my one-foot skateboarding approach to rollerskating. YES, it means you go around in awkward circles, but it’s a family tradition, so what can you do?
The staff, by the way, were all kinds of wonderful at Morley Rollerdrome. They spotted my struggling son early on, and kindly and gently tried (TRIED) to teach him the basics. I appreciated that. They even offered to tighten his wheels so he could kind of stomp his way around without falling over.
Rollerskating technique aside, we had the best afternoon. Morley Rollerdrome is an old-school skating rink, with cheesey tunes and 80s games (the LIMBO, anyone?). It can’t have changed much since the 90s, but that’s precisely why I loved it. The owner, Joe, is a skater from way back, and his love for the place shines through. I couldn’t get Ben – or Bec – or Jacob – off the rink, and it made me all kinds of happy to see the two boys grinning from ear to ear and dancing to YMCA.
If you’re looking for a fun and slightly nostalgic way to spend a couple of hours, you must visit Morley Rollerdrome. It’s EXCELLENT exercise too. Your thighs will love you for it.
Morley Rollerdrome is in the book! Vouchers V45 and V46 offer two people entry for just $13 and V208 is a special birthday party offer.
Morley Rollerdrome is at 95 Catherine St, Morley. Phone 9276 9870 or visit the website.