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Kent Roller Girls were the first competitve league located in the county of Kent. Like most other roller derby leagues in the world, we follow a "for the skaters, by the skaters" ethos and all matters are run exclusively by members of the league. We are financed entirely by members and we rely on donations and subscription to maintain our league. The league itself was established in 2010 with the first practice taking place in July at Herne Bay on the historic pier. Created to bring flat-track roller derby to this little corner of England, KRG is made up of an eclectic mix of ladies and gentlemen of all ages and all backgrounds. We have grown from a handful of members to participating in games against both national and international teams. In 2015 we took part in the British Championships, coming third in our tier. KRG encourages people of all backgrounds to participate, regardless of ability and we are all dedicated to helping each member reach their goals. All members of the league are encouraged to play a part in the running of the league, whether it be fundraising, promotion, merchandising or recruitment and all members are encouraged to have their say. Kent Roller Girls are proud to be a member of the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA) and follows the current Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rulesets. Want to know what roller derby is about? Want to join? We have a Recreational League for new recruits aged 18+ to learn everything you need to know to become a Kent Roller Girl! Please see our Facebook page Don't want to skate? No fear, Non Skating Officials (NSO's) and Support Crew are a very important part of our team and we're recruiting! Where we meet WEDNESDAYS (Main league members) 8pm - 10pm - Lordswood Sports Centre, North Danes Way, Chatham, ME5 8YE SUNDAYS (Main league members) 7pm - 9pm - The Bay Arena, Herne Bay High School, Bullockstone Road, Herne Bay, CT6 7NS SUNDAYS (Recreational League) 4pm - 6pm - The Bay Arena (small hall), Herne Bay High School, Bullockstone Road, Herne Bay, CT6 7N

Kent Set to Take on London

Roller Derby is a full contact sport, played on roller skates. Its origin in 1950’s choreographed bouts is a far cry from the sport as it is today, which pits two teams against each other in an athletic, energetic battle of strength and strategy in a spectacle that’s not to be missed. The aim of the game is for the ‘jammer’, wearing a star on their helmet, to gain points by passing the ‘blockers’ on the other team. The job of the blockers? Well, that should be obvious! Want to see it for yourself? You’re in luck!

Kent Roller Girls will be taking on London Rockin’ Rollers in their second home game of the season on Saturday 6th April at the Bay Sports Arena, Herne Bay!

Kent try to stop the opposing jammer by pushing them off track.

Kent Roller Girls was formed in 2010 by Demi Lition, who still skates with the team today. Kent’s first competitive Roller Derby team, they started life as a handful of skaters on the historic Herne Bay Pier.

Fast forward to 2019, and Kent Roller Girls have blossomed into a strong, ever-expanding league comprising not only two competitive teams; A team, the All Stars, and B team, the Knightmares, but also a healthy Recreational League, where new skaters can come, learn how to skate and play derby in a friendly, encouraging environment before joining one of our teams.


Demi takes a star pass and fights her way through the pack.

This game will be the first time Kent Roller Girls face an opponent at home since becoming an official Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) league.

Kent won their last home game against Cambridge, with a close score of 142 : 133 and currently stand at 91st in the European rankings. London Rockin’ Rollers are 68th in Europe meaning another victory at home should result in Kent gaining on their current position.


LRR blockers get separated and try to reform their wall.

The team is very excited to welcome London Rockin’ Rollers (LRR) to their home venue. The last time these two teams met was in June 2017, which saw a hard-fought battle between KRG All Stars and LRR result in a win for London. Kent have been working hard this season, and are geared up and ready to take on LRR in what promises to be a fierce and entertaining bout.


Trev fights hard for points as LRR players watch from the bench.

KRG Knightmares are yet to face LRR’s B team, the Badasses. B team captain, Grazed Anatomy is looking forward to the game, “I’m so proud to be captaining the Knightmares for our second home bout of the year. We’ve got some new talent, we’re working hard, and we’re a strong, cohesive unit. We’re going to go out there, play ‘our derby’, and show LRR that we’re the badasses!!”.


Chip uses her toe stops to stay in play.

Roller Derby wouldn’t be the same without an army of dedicated fans, so why not be a part of something amazing! Come along to support the team; make a banner, scream, shout and stamp your feet. Tickets are available online in advance or on the door. The team can’t wait to see you there!

Photos are by our very own Crissie G Photography from the last time KRG took on LRR in 2017.


LGBT+ Inclusivity in Roller Derby

This February was LGBT+ History Month in the UK. The aim is to increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, their history, lives and their experiences. It raises awareness on matters affecting the LGBT+ community, working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities.

The theme this year was Peace, Activism and Reconciliation. The website states “The theme this year is of such great importance, exploring LGBT+ activism in the year marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in LGBT+ rights and history. It is crucial that the struggles and fights of others, to give us the lives we have today, are recognised. It is also so important that we understand the fights that are still continuing to happen, and still need to happen, to give folk liberation and peace.”

Within KRG we are constantly striving to make our league as welcoming and inclusive of LGBT+ members as we can. We follow the current WFTDA gender inclusion policy and always encourage our members to let us know how we can improve their experience. We’re a work in progress but after interviewing a few of our LGBT+ members, we’re proud to share a few of the responses we received.

Dunks, a rec league member who identifies as queer, came out a long time before joining roller derby. “I came out of the womb holding a pride flag!” says Dunks, however after joining KRG they felt comfortable enough to start exploring other aspects of their identity. “I have met more gender non-conforming people through roller derby, which has probably helped me to embrace my gender non-conforming side myself.”

When asked about what they think makes roller derby such an LGBT+ friendly space, they replied, “I think roller derby’s ‘outsider’ status in the sports world, and the fact it was a grassroots DIY movement which involved a lot of queer, feminist women from the outset, means that it is a beacon for outsiders, queers, and generally cool people.”

Main league skater Trix agrees, “Roller derby is like a magnet for misfits, it attracts people who feel like they don’t fit in normal society, like people who don’t fit in with ‘regular sports’ they are drawn to it as its a space to explore and learn with like-minded people. I think it’s ultimately so inclusive because it was started by women unlike all other sports, and now it has developed and grown and is probably the most inclusive sport around today.”

All Stars (our A Team) jammer Ali is another one of our league’s non-binary members and has shared with us that they have experienced negativity surrounding their gender expression in their everyday life. They believe the reason roller derby is so inclusive is down to the diversity in the backgrounds of the people involved.

One of our skaters, who prefers to remain anonymous, identifies as bisexual. Even though she is not ‘out’ to many people, other than close friends and family, she has still had negative reactions to her sexuality. When asked if roller derby had helped her to be more open about her own identity, she replied, “Yes, [it’s] encouraged me to tell my parents.”

Trix transferred to KRG last year, she identifies as bisexual/queer and has explained some of the struggles she has faced. “I think people are commonly judged or brushed aside as not being part of the LGBT movement if they are bi and in a relationship with the opposite sex; sometimes it’s hard not to internalize this too.” Being part of KRG has helped her to love herself more and “also appreciate the importance of support from others.”

“In roller derby you can’t really hide anything about yourself because you react purely by instinct and intuition, you spend hours a day training under a great deal of pressure with a team full of people, so I think once you are in deep it just makes you definitely feel a lot more free to be unapologetically yourself.”

Jenna, who has been with KRG for nearly 8 years, also identifies as bisexual/pansexual and has experienced similar bi-phobia in her everyday life. “As a bisexual woman I find that people often decide my identity for me, based on the assumed gender of my current partner. I find the people I’ve met through roller derby to be much more open and accepting of the fluidity of sexuality. Since we spend so much time training together it’s really refreshing to not have to hide any part of myself.”

Accepting your own identity can be a struggle for many LGBT+ people. Shep is the current All Stars captain and told us about their experience of ‘coming out’ not once but twice. “I originally came out as a lesbian 13 years ago, but meeting a variety of people through roller derby has helped to me to better express my gender identity and sexuality… it turns out that both are part of a much bigger spectrum than I could ever have imagined at 14!”

“[Roller derby has] given me the confidence to start using my non-binary title at work and even to put my pronouns on my email footer! It sounds like such an insignificant thing, but it really has given me the courage to be unapologetically queer.”

One of our cross-over skaters, who plays for both A and B teams, identifies as lesbian and asexual. She says, “I don’t really have a ‘coming out’ story. I don’t see why an LGBT person should have to come out if a straight person doesn’t. All people need to know is that I am me, and that should be enough. It’s pretty obvious when you get to know me, and possibly more obvious now that I do roller derby, because I’m more comfortable in myself.”

She adds, “The ethos of roller derby is ‘by the skater, for the skater’, and this extends to supporting and accepting each other.”


El, a skater in our Knightmares (B Team), identifies as gay/queer and came out at a young age, “I came out as gay when I was 12, but then experimented with boys so came out again as bi – at that time a lot of people assumed I was straight. Then I came out again (!) in my early 20s as gay.” She thinks our governing body the WFTDA has a lot to do with the inclusivity of the sport, “There are a lot of like-minded people in derby. Plus the genuine inclusivity within the sport, such as the gender policy which includes trans and gender expansive individuals, helps create an environment where people feel they can be who they are with no judgement.”

Two of our brand new members in rec league, Mitch and Pav wanted to take part in this article too to tell us about themselves and their first impressions of KRG. Mitch is non-binary and has found everyone to be “friendly and accepting” and even though they have only just started they say it seems inclusive. Pav identifies as bisexual/pansexual and has been ‘out’ in all aspects of his life for a long time, he says “So far I’ve seen plenty of pride flags/stickers and everyone seems pretty happy with gender neutral pronoun usage. I’ve been involved a few months now and everyone is friendly and supportive.”

When asked what advice our skaters would give to LGBT+ people thinking about trying roller derby, everyone was in agreement:

“Definitely give it a go!” – El

Go for it, you’ll meet lots of cool people and make lots of friends, both queers and allies.” – Dunks

Do it. You’ll be welcomed with open arms. Regardless of gender, sexuality etc.” – Anonymous

Don’t doubt it just come and try it. It’s an incredibly safe sport!” – Ali

Get involved you’ll enjoy it.“ – Mitch

I would say go for it, it’s an inclusive space, nobody it going to judge you based on anything other than your attitude to learning and your dedication to the team.” – Trix

Do it!!!! That’s the advice I’d give to anyone who wants to try roller derby.” – Anonymous

Why not come and see our skaters in action? We’ll be taking on London Rockin’ Rollers on April 6th at our home venue The Bay Sports Arena. Get your tickets online now for discount!

Photos by Steve @ from our game against Dundee Roller Derby.

KRG Prepare for Their First Home Game of the Season

On the 16th of February, Kent Roller Girls will be taking on Cambridge Rollerbillies at the Bay Sports Arena. The last time these two teams met to play competitively was 2015 at the British Championships.

The 2015 line-up during their skate out. 

Roller Derby is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, with new leagues forming all over the globe. A full-contact sport played on quad roller skates, this sport was revived in its current format in the 2000s, when a female-led grassroots movement of teams with a DIY ethos started appearing in the USA.

Demi Lition takes on Cambridge’s jammer at the front of the pack.

We’re excited to have skaters playing in February who also played this game 4 years ago. Jammer JoCommotion was one of the most successful point scorers in that game and throughout our British Champs journey that year. Will she be able to keep up up her lead jammer winning streak? Judging by her performance in training so far this year we think she’s definitely one to look out for!

JoCo on a point scoring lap.

Both Kent’s A and B teams will be playing in this double header against the Rollerbillies’ A and B teams – this should be a tough game for both teams, and an exciting double-header to watch! El Viral, a recent graduate from our Recreational League, is rostered to play as part of the B Team (known as the Knightmares) in February. We asked her how she felt about the upcoming game:

I’ve trained for a really long time to get here, and it’s so exciting to be playing my first game with my teammates! It’s nerve-wracking, but I know that we will have fun, work hard, and support each other on and off track – can’t wait to take on Cambridge!

Cambridge put up some tough defensive walls and walked (skated) away with the win.

Founded in 2010, Kent Roller Girls are Kent’s longest-established roller derby league. Founder Demi Lition can be seen playing alongside the rest of our All Stars. Hellen Degenerate will be taking on the role of captain for this game. She told us a bit about how she’s feeling:

I have had the pleasure of skating for Kent roller girls for the last 7 years and am even more lucky to be captaining the All Stars in the upcoming game against Cambridge.

We have had some new skaters come up from our recreational league recently which I feel has been so good for the team. We are training hard and I’m so proud of the attitude, effort and commitment being put in from the team, and the league as a whole. We wouldn’t be where we are without everyone in the league – both skating and non-skating members.

I am the vice-captain so am stepping up for this game, I want to be the best on the day captain I can be for my team. I am proud to be able to skate out in my gold shirt and can’t wait to see what this season brings.

Hellen and Indy trap the jammer and take away her speed.

Despite a gap in the rankings (Cambridge are 70th in Europe, whereas Kent sit at 97th) both teams have undergone many line-up changes recently. This game will showcase just how quickly each team can adapt and how well they’ve trained to work as one unit. It’s guaranteed to be an exciting one to watch!

Jammer Boots fights her way through the chaos to score points.

Doors will be open at 12:30. Tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door, with under-12s free of charge. Get your tickets here! There will be a bar, a range of stalls, a raffle for our chosen charity Rising Sun and loads of KRG merch to buy to show your support!

If you’d like to try your hand at the sport yourself, Kent Roller Girls’ FREE Open Day takes place Sunday 10th February – you must be over 18, and all you need to bring along is a mouthguard.

Photos by Peter Worth

Open Day Story to Success Story! (Grazed Anatomy)

Before the game on Saturday against Dundee Roller Derby, we decided to catch up with Grazed Anatomy (still one of my all-time favourite derby names!) aka Rachel, before she puts on her gold uniform for the first time to represent Kent. We first me her back in August last year in one of our Open Day Stories and we wanted to see how she’s getting along…

” Update: I made it!! I passed my minimum skills back in November 2017, six months from my first time on skates. Now I get to train with main league twice a week, and learn to be part of a proper derby team! I’m loving getting to put the skills I learned back in Rec league to the test, and developing new ones with my team mates. I love getting to practice drills, and the best part of training is scrimmage on Sunday! ”


” It was weird to begin with, drawing numbers on my arms and getting to play, rather than NSO, but I love the adrenaline rush it gives me. I always come away from training buzzing and with a huge smile on my face! Outside of derby, skating has well and truly taken over my life! I’m still skating outdoors as much as I can, and I’ve just started a new chapter of Chicks in Bowls here in Kent, where some of us are learning to Ramp skate! ”


” Now that I’m in main league, I can’t wait to get to play my first game in Gold for the Knightmares, KRG’s B team. I’ve already played my first rookie game (I was on Team Thor), and I was awarded Most Valuable Player, which was a huge honour! ”


” Now that we’re approaching my first official KRG game, I’m nervous, but excited. We’ve been drilling hard, and I can’t wait to skate out with my team mates and show our opponents what we’re made of! The best part is that I get to play alongside some of my best buddies. We learned to skate together, and I know we’ll have each others’ backs! ”


” I still like coming to help and watch at Rec league sessions, it’s fantastic to see everyone progressing and enjoying the sport as much as I do. I’d like to get in to a bit of coaching too, maybe I’ll get to train the new faces of KRG someday! ”

Tickets are available online (£8) or on the door (£12). Doors open at 12.30. Come and join us at The Bay Sports Arena, Bullockstone Road, Herne Bay, CT6 7NS to see two awesome games and enjoy the atmosphere of our legendary home games!

Kent Train Hard Before Dundee Game

Kent Roller Girls take on Dundee Roller Derby at the Bay Sports Arena on September the 22nd.  After their summer break, Kent have got back to training harder than ever and have been working together to perfect their formations. Photographer Steve James joined us last Sunday to see us in action before the game.

Lead jammer for Tenacious while Knightmares vice captain Grymkhana braces the defensive wall.

Roller Derby is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. It is a full-contact sport played on quad skates, with roots going all the way back to banked track roller marathons in the 50’s and American TV shows RollerGames and RollerJam in the 80’s and 90’s which featured pro-wrestling style choreographed combat on skates!

The All Stars’ captain Commander Pain Shepard is making Trauma Trevor’s scoring pass difficult. 

Gone are the choreographed bouts of the TV shows; this is now a serious, tactical and hard-hitting sport. That said, a sense of fun is retained; there is still a strong feminist/DIY ethos and many players adopt humorous pseudonyms. Pictured below we have some great examples of these – DreadBlock, Fear Khan, Glitch and Pain Austen.


DreadBlock who is also known as Chantel in the non-derby world, has only recently become a full member of KRG’s main league and playing Dundee will be her first opportunity to play competitively. We found out how she was feeling before the big day:

“I’m feeling really excited, a little bit nervous. It feels like it’s been a long journey to get here but its been a fun one that has pushed me mentally, physically and emotionally. My parents and siblings are coming up to support me in my first game so I hope to make them proud. My mum will be the one in the crowd waving the Jamaican flag!”

Chip jams against a mix of A team and B team blockers.

Kent’s B team, the Knightmares, will be taking to the track with a few more brand new faces. Mama MoHito is not only the captain for this game, but has also been in charge of coaching rec league this year so she’s become very familiar with the newer skaters. She hopes that knowing these skaters from the first time they strapped on skates right up until their first game will help them communicate and work together better as one unit.

“I’m so proud and excited to be chosen as captain for this game. I love that I’ve been able to see these skaters get stronger and more confident each week. The transition from Rec League to playing competitively can be a daunting experience but I really feel like the team we’ve put together for this game is ready for the challenge!”

i-sd5XkTV-XLMama MoHito, pictured with the big M on her shiny helmet.

Kent and Dundee have never met before on the track making it hard to predict who will be victorious and since the teams are so close in the UKRDA rankings (Dundee are 27th and Kent are 29th) it’s guaranteed to be exciting! KRG may also have some insider information in the form of skater Autopsy Turvey who transferred from Dundee earlier in the season. Can her knowledge of the team give Kent’s blockers and jammers the edge? Or will the Dundee skaters be saving their biggest hits just for her?!

All smiles after a tough session and a bruising scrimmage.

Kent Roller Girls are Kent’s longest established team, formed in 2010 by founding member Demi Lition, who you can see in action along with the rest of the team on the 22nd, when KRG’s A and B teams take on Dundee’s A and B teams.

Tickets are £8 in advance, buy them online here, or £12 on the door, under 12’s go free. Doors open at 12.30.

Thanks for the great photos Steve! See you at the game!

Kent Roller Girls Marathon Challenge

On Sunday 29th July, a car-full of Kents drove to Dorney Lake in Berkshire in the pouring rain, strapped on their skates and skated over 26 miles each for charity. This may seem crazy to many people but with fundraisers we’re always aiming for ‘the crazier the better’ and this time it paid off, quite literally! So far our marathon skaters have raised over £500 for Pilgrim’s Hospices, our chosen charity this year, with more donations still trickling in.

The influx of donations for the skaters has pushed KRG over this years target of £750. With 5 months and many more charity events already planned, the team have now increased their target to £1000. The generosity and support from team-mates, friends and family definitely kept the marathon team going as they battled the elements.

We interviewed each of the marathon skaters to find out how and why they took on this marathon challenge.


Name: Shep (Commander Pain Shepard)
What wheels did you skate on?
Reckless Envy Hybrid wheels (80A)… Fun fact, I skated indoors on these for the first few months of my derby life, and wondered why I couldn’t slide!
How many marathons (if any) have you done before?
This was my second.
Do you do a lot of outdoors skating?
Not as much as I’d like to. I like skating along sea fronts, but usually the paths aren’t quite smooth enough.
Why did you want to do a marathon?
I really wanted to raise money for our charity, Pilgrim’s Hospice, as my family knows first-hand just how invaluable hospice services are.
How was it?
It was tough! The wind and rain made it much harder than my first marathon, but I couldn’t have asked for more supportive people to be skating with. I’d particularly like to thank Meg, who skated an extra lap to keep me company on the final 4km (even though she’d already finished!).
Any tips from your experience to pass on?
Fuel yourself properly the day before and the morning of the marathon, and keep drinking plenty of water throughout. My best advice though is to skate alongside your friends, because they make the hard miles feel much shorter!


Name: Kim (Mortal Kimbat)
What wheels did you skate on?
88s on crappy old Riddell skates (probably my 1st mistake!).
How many marathons (if any) have you done before?
When it comes to on skates marathons, I was a virgin, but I’ve done one on feet before.
Do you do a lot of outdoors skating?
Outdoor skating is a bit hit and miss for me – just once this summer; I managed 15 miles to make sure I was semi-ready for the marathon.
How was it?
I think the weather was the worst part of it – tackling the driving rain/wind. I was surprised at the hills too, I assumed it’d be pretty flat. The first 7 laps were ok, the last 4 were tough.
Any tips from your experience to pass on?
Rest and eat well the night before, make sure you have snacks, plenty of water, music and blister plasters to keep you going and be prepared for all weather!

The author would just like to point out that whereas Kim’s tips are all brilliant, she didn’t actually do any of them!


Name: James (JC)
What wheels did you skate on?
78 kryptonic’s (not the good ones) with my old bont hybrid boot.
How many marathons (if any) have you done before?
I’ve done one other marathon on skates.
Do you do a lot of outdoors skating?
I like to skate outside, my knee does not…
Why did you want to do a marathon?
I like to try and push myself and at the moment this is about as hard as it gets for me.
How was it?
In all honesty, it was terrible after the first 26km but that’s down to the knee. The weather was shocking too; hail is not marathon weather!
Any tips from your experience to pass on?
I’d say take friends with you. It’s surprising how much having supportive people around you can help. The guys this time where brilliant (even on my last two snail pace laps).


Name: Jenna (Sharpe)
What wheels did you skate on?
Really old, really big, really soft 76s; they’re like tires for your skates!
How many marathons (if any) have you done before?
This is my third marathon overall but my first one post knee reconstruction.
Do you do a lot of outdoors skating?
I love outdoor skating but sadly rarely get the time or weather for it! I love the cycle track at Betteshanger park though, there’s so much space to pick up speed and you often see bunnies and squirrels!
Why did you want to do a marathon?
I wanted to do the marathon for two reasons. Firstly I knew I could raise a lot of money for Pilgrim’s Hospices and it would be a great opportunity to show people just how passionate I am about supporting this charity. Secondly, I wanted to prove to myself that my body and my knee were still (almost) as good as they were pre knee op.
How was it?
I completed it in 3hours and 12 minutes, not my best time and not my slowest. The weather was horrific and I still managed to get sunburn even through the cloud and rain! I honestly couldn’t have done it with a better bunch of people though, I think that’s what kept me going!
Any tips from your experience to pass on?
Number 1: Bumbags are cool. Number 2: My ‘power flapjack’ recipe for when you need an energy boost: Melt 125g Butter, 150g Soft brown sugar, 125g peanut butter and 75g golden syrup in a pan. Pour over 200g Porridge oats and 150g of any dried fruit or nuts you have lying around (I used pecans and cranberries this time). Bake at 160 degrees for 20-30 minutes.


Name: Meg (Shut Up Meg)
What wheels did you skate on?
78s Atoms
How many marathons (if any) have you done before?
Why did you want to do a marathon?
I love a challenge and I love skates and friends. It’s the best combo!
How was it?
Amazing. I love skating, I clocked 24kmph at one point.
Any tips from your experience to pass on?
Just push yourself and eat loads! Carb load the night before and make sure to eat enough sugar while skating. It’s vital or you’ll run out of energy. Also do some cool down at the end and set a time to complete to motivate yourself. Did I mention… I love skating?!

If you would like to add to Kent Roller Girls’ total for their chosen charity this year then keep an eye out for our upcoming fundraising events or head over to our JustGiving page and donate a couple of quid!

For more info on the roller marathon organisers and their other events, check out South East Roller Disco’s Facebook page.

Open Day Story to Success Story! (Glitch)

Meet Sam, or Glitch to the rest of the team. Oh wait, you already met her almost a year ago, when she was telling us all about her Open Day Story! Glitch had heard about KRG about a month before she managed to find the courage to give it a try. We find that a lot of our newbies are nervous to begin with, like with any new experience, so we try our hardest to make sure it’s a fun and welcoming experience when they turn up to the Open Day.


“I have been with KRG for almost two years now. I joined after attending the Open Day back in October 2016 and finally passed my minimum skills on 27 May 2018 – Woohoo! I am currently on my probation period in main league then I’ll officially graduate into the B team for Kent Roller Girls, known as the Knightmares.

Training to play and compete in this crazy-fabulous sport has been such an amazing journey, and one I will treasure forever. When I look back at the times I almost gave up because I couldn’t get a skill nailed, or felt I would never be good enough, I am so proud that I didn’t let those thoughts win and I have finally made it into main league life!”


Whilst in our Recreational League, Glitch also dedicated a lot of her time to being an NSO (non-skating official), helping officiate bouts and scrimmages. She found it was a great opportunity to learn the rules as well as getting a front row seat to all the derby action!

“I have worked really hard every week in training and I am so thankful to all the KRG coaches and my fellow reccies for their time, encouragement, support and just pure awesomeness that has helped me reach my goal. I know that one day soon I will get to represent my team on track in the famous black and gold. So exciting!”


“Now that I have passed my minimum skills I get to compete in rookie bouts to get game experience and continue my learning and training, as that will never stop just because I’ve now passed the minimum skills. There is still so much to learn, practice and improve. I still have a bad habit of checking out the floor and what my feet are doing. I am trying to break this habit and look up more; as my teammates say when they catch me looking down “the floor is still blue!”

As soon as I passed in May I popped my rookie bout cherry a couple of weeks later playing for Team 90’s in a bout hosted in Cambridge on Sat 9th June. It was the most amazing feeling and I can assure you that all the hard work you put into training is totally worth it. The buzz you get from being out there on track in front of a crowd is so exhilarating!”


“I hope that if you’ve been thinking about giving Roller Derby a try, you go for it like I did. It’s so rewarding to achieve something in sports. This was way out of my comfort zone and I didn’t know anyone when I joined, but look at me now – a skater with a rookie bout ticked off the bucket list and a whole heap of new buddies that I get to hang with twice a week!”


Come and get your skates on at our next Free Open Day or just come along to find out more if you don’t fancy getting physical straight away. We’ll be at The Bay Arena on Sunday 8th July waiting for you to join us and start your epic KRG adventure!

Photos by Benjamin Valsler