Speed, fashion and bruises: Northern Rivers Roller Derby
Speed, fashion and bruises: Northern Rivers Roller Derby Marc Stapleberg

PHOTOS: Speed, fashion and bruises is roller derby life

WHEN you come to a roller derby game don't be surprised if what you see is a flash of purple and black.

Speed, fashion and bruises all collide in this dynamic sport.

The Northern Rivers Roller Derby team cut an intimidating image in their black and purple outfits, skull paint, and high speed antics on the rink.

They are matched in equal part by the audience screaming and shrill squeal of referee whistles.

It all combines into a nail biting form of entertainment and sport.

While it does take a little while to understand the rules and goals of the game most supporters have converted to die-hard fans.

For Rebecca Heeley, derby name High-Jinx, it is seeing this community spirit that is incredibly uplifting.

"There is an amazing derby community and family that you immediately become a part of which is incredibly giving, non-judgmental and supportive.

"It can get quite competitive ... but mainly in the top competing levels," she said.

Matches are tightly contested bouts of intense focus as players try to manoeuvre around their competitors.

Training sessions are physically intense but they also offer players an opportunity to socialise and catch up.

At training you see just how fast players can skate, and how adept they are in this world of wheels.

The Northern Rivers Roller Derby squad is undefeated in the North Coast Derby Coalition championships which includes the Clarence Valley Roller Derby, Coffs Coast Derby Dolls, Tweed Valley Rollers and The Bay Rollers.

Since its inception in 2010, the Northern Rivers Roller Derby has grown to more than 60 members.



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