Oct 2014 09

By Bacardi Bruiser

I know it gets spat out in derby circles and blogs all the time: “derby saved my soul”. But for me, it kind of rings true, even though I hate the cheesiness of that sentence. Derby did save me in a way, twice over. The first time it helped give me the confidence and support to leave an abusive relationship, and the second time it helped me get my life back on track after a significant illness. Here’s my story.

10345830_719760638071242_9207393968666121224_nPhoto by Roaringstorm Photography

I started derby after getting out of a long-term relationship where a lot of my ambitions took the back seat. I joined derby as I have always played sports and I was finding that soccer and ice hockey just weren’t doing it for me anymore, and I needed a distraction from a boring small town life. One day, back in early 2010 I saw an ad in the local paper saying that there were 5 or 6 local girls starting a league and they were taking expressions of interest. I thought, why not, I’ve got some time on my hands. So I bought some skates online and rocked up to an info night. [..]