A group of KRG league members travelled all the way across the pond and then some to Malmö in Sweden to witness some high level roller derby at the WFTDA division one championship playoffs. The tournament was being hosted by the phenomenal Crime City Rollers and would feature some of the highest ranked roller derby teams in the world!
Brute 66 (aka Jon), KRG head coach and bench manager, and Kent Mens Roller Derby skater, agreed to share what he took from the experience with us…
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Kent Roller Girls rec league member, Abi, talks about what roller derby has done for her and the healthy, positive effect it’s had on her body image. The original post for this can be found on her blog here: http://www.likereallifeblog.com/2017/06/01/do-you-just-want-your-body-back/
“January was six months ago, so it’s kind of weird to talk about New Year’s resolutions, but this year mine was quite simple really. I just wanted to be happier, so one of the first things I did was that I quit my gym membership.
If you enjoy going to the gym then I am genuinely very happy for you. Some people really do, but for me I just felt it was something I was doing for some kind of end result rather than because I actually liked it in any way.
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Name: Trauma Trevor
Story behind the name & number: Name- I was struggling to find a name for a long time! A couple of the girls from the team and I went out for a drink to watch the World Cup. During our night out, someone took what I can only describe as an awful picture. I told her to delete it as it made me look manly. She laughed and called me Trevor. Several weeks later I was still being referred to as ‘Trev’ on the track and I knew I’d never shake it (thanks Killa Knightly).The ‘Trauma’ part related to my line of work (A&E nurse at the time).
Number: the number for me held a lot more significance than any name. Just 2 months before I began learning to play roller derby, my Father was murdered. I wanted somewhere to channel my anger and frustration. Instead, I found a second family. Dad died on the 29th November 2013 and that’s the day that changed my life. Without it though, I would never have found Kent Roller Girls. Without them, I might have been in a worse off place. 💛🐎
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Name: Commander Pain Shepard
Story behind the name and number: I wanted a badass persona on track that I knew would push me to be better, and what better than the saviour of the galaxy… Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect series. The ‘Pain’ is a play on words with the misnomer ‘Jane’, given to the female version of Shepard. I originally wanted N7 as my number, but the decision to remove letters had been announced… Another skater in our league had the number 7 already (damn you Clair!), so I decided to combine it with my lucky number to get 713.
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Name: Art Attack
Story behind the name & number: When I was much, much smaller my nickname with my family was Art Attack Alyx because I was always making / painting /drawing something! I read an article on using childhood names to help you create a derby name and it stuck!
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Roller Derby skaters come in many forms, ages and genders… and that includes Mum’s!
So this Mother’s Day we’ve asked some of the mums on our team to tell us about how Roller Derby fits in to their family lives:
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