At the beginning of 2018, roller derby was on my mind most of the time. When I wasn’t helping with team fundraisers or hanging out with the girls, I was watching an endless number of youtube videos, researching skates, wheels, bearings, and gear.
My dedication to the team, to learning to skate, and all there was to learn about roller derby had grown exponentially since that first practice where I was talked into giving it a try.
I never thought I’d be a roller girl. I never imagined that roller derby would become my obsession and passion.
Girls wearing fishnets and hitting each other? Why would I want to get involved with that?
I’m not a badass. I have no interested in being some kind of sex icon or having an alter-ego. The roller derby girls I knew were not the type of women I would fit in with… or so I thought.