Since it’s such a big part of my life right now, I find myself mentioning Roller Derby quite often on my blog. I sometimes forget that there are a lot of people out there that have no idea what Roller Derby is OR think that it’s the same roller derby that they watched on TV in the 60s. While the general gist of the sport is the same, it has evolved immensely since it’s revival in ~2001.
The main thing I always try and stress when telling people about it is that roller derby is 100% a real sport. We take it very seriously and train really, really hard.
I started skating a little over 4 years ago and it has been one of the best things I have ever done. I started derby because I’ve always been a really competitive person and I thought that it would be a good outlet for that. Turns out, I was right but even more than that, it turns out that the community was what would have the biggest impact on my life. I’ve made some of the best friends that I’ve ever had and I am so thankful for that. At any given time, there is a group of ~40 women (mostly women) who I know I can count on when I need anything from an unexpected DD to a dog sitter to just someone to talk to.
I skate as a member of the Nashville Rollergirls which is Nashville’s only roller derby team. I skated about my first 2 years as a “Brawl Star” and have since been an active skater on the All Star team (the Music City All Stars). If you live anywhere in the Nashville area, you should definitely come and check a game out! If you don’t live anywhere near Nashville, I’m sure that there’s a derby league somewhere very near you and you should go check them out!! If you’re not sure, ask and I’ll tell you your nearest team!!
I plan to write more about this in the near future but for now, here’s another post that I wrote about roller derby when I first started my blog: Roller Derby