Jan 2015 19

By Te Killher Shot

When I saw a flyer at work for Roller Derby in 2012, I thought – “how cool”. I want to learn to skate again, pick a rad derby name and purchase some fish net stockings (which I strangely don’t regret). I never thought that two years later I would be placed on a travel team going to Adelaide for The Great Southern Slam  and most recently to Newcastle for The Bont Invitational.

When I first joined the league, I was a nervous wreck.

I didn’t feel confident.

I felt as though I didn’t fit in.

I felt like I didn’t amount to these skaters.

It was like starting a new school where everyone was popular!

I thought to myself ‘yeah, I’ll just come here to skate and get fit’. Oh how wrong I was! NOPE. I now have a million friends, 100 kids and 600 puppies and kitties (may be a slight exaggeration). Finding the South Side Derby Dolls was like finding that long lost family you so longed for. Everybody thinks ‘Wow, a sport that is female dominated. Don’t you argue and get on each others nerves?’ The plain and simple answer – ‘No’.