A Day At The Roller Derby
I'm part of a roller derby team called North Wales Roller Derby. Today, the B-team, the Zom-Bs played the wonderful Manchester Furies. After that, the Sons Of Icarus, the men's North Wales team, played the incredible Manchester Chaos Engine. And I got to commentate on the games!
If you don't know about roller derby, it's a sport that originated in America in the 50s and 60s. It died out a bit before having a resurgence just over 10 years ago. Since it's second wind it has become popular all over the world and I think it's because it's one of the only full-contact sports that is played primarily by women. If you want to find out more there are loads of guides available.
You wear roller skates, you get to make up a track name for yourself and when you play, you honestly feel like a badass. As a woman in sport, unless you've played rugby or maybe hockey, you won't have ever been encouraged to hit other people as hard as you can with your body. And I really believe that that is why so many women who make the choice to strap skates to their feet, absolutely fall in love with the sport.
Another thing I really love about about roller derby is that inclusiveness is written into the rules. I've already mentioned that there are men's teams and women's teams, but in roller derby you won't ever, ever, ever find gender testing because the rules state that a person can play for whichever team that best suits their gender identity. I don't think you can find that in any other sport.
Anyway, I had a great time talking about all the amazing skating and team work happening on track. Here a some of the very few photos I took.