Christmas is around the corner

Rink Revolution Bundaberg's Lucy and Nick Phillips love sharing their love of roller skating with others.

By Angela Norval

Although the nights can be chilly, Nick Phillips and Lucy Phillips from Rink Revolution Bundaberg are ready to liven things up with an indoor Christmas in July skateball on Saturday 6 July.

Since its launch, Rink Revolution has continually increased the popularity of local roller skating by getting those who loved it before to try it again and by getting newcomers to give it a try too.

The Christmas in July event at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct will be their tenth skating date at the main pavilion and the couple can hardly believe that their first anniversary celebration is approaching so quickly.

When asked what the inspiration behind this event was, Nick said Rink Revolution was honestly like his and Lucy's baby.

“We split the workload pretty evenly, but Lucy is the brains behind all our wild ideas and she's the genius who came up with our theme nights,” he said.

“They provide lots of fun – new photo opportunities, cool games and we can even dress up.”

With the aim of creating value for money at its events, Rink Revolution initially created an eight-hour skate marathon where newbies are encouraged to start early while the pros can start later.

“We quickly realised that Bundaberg was lacking a safe indoor space for beginners – somewhere with a smooth floor and no distractions, and that’s how our Sensory Skate was born.

“We still play music, but a little quieter, so the skaters can talk and practice their moves – where else can they do that?

“Disco skating is undoubtedly our favourite session because who doesn’t love skating to music, playing games and winning prizes.”

There's certainly no shortage of entertainment at the Christmas in July event: there's a new photo wall for fun snaps, a Christmas music game, gift-themed prizes, a best costume contest, and maybe even a visit from Santa Claus.

“We have a great community and fantastic people attend our events.

“One of our skaters recently told us that the atmosphere is really great – it’s really encouraging to hear that people are having fun.

“We have definitely seen an increase in those who started coming almost a year ago and are still coming.

“The change is very clear – from barely being able to stand to crossing backwards.

“The biggest surprise for us is how many people really want to skate but have never heard of us.

“We advertised at Sugarland Plaza last weekend and it was pretty exciting to see people’s reaction to our vision.

“We even met a figure skater who started jumping up and down because she had somewhere to practice.”

For more information visit the Rink Revolution Bundaberg Facebook page and to book visit the Eventbrite website.