As school holidays approaches, Rollerway is again gearing up for hundreds of kids and adults in a fun, active and social activity.
Centre manager Ashlie Aparcicio says there’s nothing like seeing kids “who can barely do up their skates” learn to skate in a matter of minutes.
“It inspires me to keep training myself,” says the Australian Hockey Team rep. Ashlie has skated almost since learning to walk and grew up playing hockey at the Newtown rink.
She’s the fourth-generation manager of the long-standing family business.
“My great grandfather helped my grandparents as their skate mechanic at this centre,” she says.
And now, with her nephews hitting the rink, the fifth generation is raring to go.
Ashlie’s father Raul, who owns the centre, reckons skating is the perfect activity for families looking for holiday fun.
“Anyone can have a go, regardless of age; from one-year-olds to their grandparents,” he says.
“Generations of people who have skated here as little kids have come back here as adults, with kids of their own.”
Rollerway even caters for birthdays, a fun, active alternative for children’s parties.
“It’s great to see that roller skating and rollerblading have retained their appeal for so long. Who doesn’t like music and bright lights?” Ashlie says.
“I think they key is the amazing atmosphere we create here with the music, lights, games and high-quality rental skates.”
Rollerway Skate Centre is open daily over the holidays at 6-8 Lambert Ave, Newtown. Phone 0411 335 544 or visit rollerway.com. au for more information, including opening times.