Category Archives: Off The Track

KRG take on Cancer Research’s Race For Life

Kent Roller Girls took part in this year’s Race For Life on Sunday to raise awareness and money to help research into this cruel disease. Some of us ran, some walked but no skating this time! Most of us know someone close who has been affected by cancer as 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

We’ve raised over £400 so far and are still hoping to add to our total. Click here to donate!

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.

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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.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s been Mental Health Awareness Week this week and it got us thinking about how important it is to take time out from your day to day life and look after yourself. For many of us, roller derby is that escape; from work stress, family drama, our own negative thoughts and keeping up with the unrealistic expectations that get put on us.

We collected a few statements from people within our league that talk about the struggles they face and how roller derby fits into their self-care routine. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week

KRG’s Makers and Bakers

At Kent Roller Girls’ last home game, a group of KRG members got together to showcase and sell their crafts and creations. El-Viral is KRG’s head NSO and a member of our recreational league; she explains where the idea came from:

“One thing I’ve always loved about roller derby is how it brings together such a diverse range of people. Everyone starts their derby life as a group of strangers sweating and falling over together in a sports hall and discussing nothing but the hardness of your wheels. However, as you get to know people, you start to learn their likes and dislikes, and their ‘real life’ jobs as well as the different skills they have.”

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Creative skaters: El Viral, Frankenmeanie (back right) and Dread Block (in the green kneepads).

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A Bunch of Mothers Like No Others!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world! Today we want to give a special shout-out to those who juggle the responsibilities of being a parent, with the commitment of joining a roller derby league. We wanted to find out how the mums of KRG find time to fit in those off skates workouts, find babysitters for short notice games, cope with missing bedtimes and still manage to be a bad-ass role model for their kids!

First up is a family with two derby mums who want to show their kids that anything is possible with skates on your feet!

Lucy (Luce Cannon) and Michelle

My whole family loves skating. What started out as something for me to escape to, has become something that my family has discovered they can enjoy for their own reasons. I love to skate with the boys, my oldest son and I have enjoyed artistic skating together, my littlest son is desperate to be able to do a spin on skates and wants Spiderman skates immediately. Now my partner has taken up skating, although it is limited due to disability, and she now knows the rules of roller derby far better than I do.

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Meet The Derby Couples of KRG!

Happy Valentine’s Day! In KRG, we’re lucky enough to have a whole load of couples; we have ref couples, skater couples, jammer power-couples, super competitive couples and couples that transcend the boundaries between rec league and main league! Just for fun, we decided to interview each half of these couples separately, to see how much they really know about each other and how they feel about dating in derby.

When we put the answers back together… Well, it turns out they were just plain adorable!

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Gift ideas for the roller derby addict in your life.

Valentines day is fast approaching and you may well be scrabbling around desperately wondering what the hell you are going to buy for your darling partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/secret crush/beloved friend/dog/cat etc as a thoughtful little gift to say ‘I love you.’

Chances are you have clicked through here because your partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/secret crush/friend/hamster is particularly into roller derby so you are looking for some inspiration.

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Introducing: World Cup Superstar Tenacious!

It’s the first time Team Romania has been in the Roller Derby World Cup and they’re planning on making it a debut to remember! Alina, or Tenacious on track, is a tiny but powerful jammer who began wowing everyone at KRG with their skate skills 4 years ago. Alina has gone on to win pretty much every derby award going and hopes to do some serious point-scoring in Manchester. We caught up with them to find out more…

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