THUMPS AND BUMPS: New skaters having a go at the Northern Rivers Roller Derby fresh meat night.
THUMPS AND BUMPS: New skaters having a go at the Northern Rivers Roller Derby fresh meat night. Natsky Photography

Rolling with bumps and bruises

AS A LEAGUE in one of the fastest growing sports, and the 2012 undefeated champions of the North Coast Derby Coalition, many women are itching to be a part of Northern Rivers Roller Derby.

On Thursday night about 30 intrigued Northern Rivers women came to Lismore Skating and Putt Putt to learn about what women's flat-track roller derby is all about at their Fresh Meat night.

So, what is it about?

Kate Muldowney aka Mojo Killer, explained: "Fresh Meat is the Roller Derby term for the new intake."

"Not a lot of other American Leagues have tryouts, but we like to be more inclusive - we want everyone to have a fair go."

She said that people of any skating skill level could come to the fresh meat course - because that's where they teach you everything - the right skate technique, the right stance, the right way to fall.

Yes, there's a lot of falling, she said.

Roller Derby, is a fast-paced contact sport requiring speed, strategy and athleticism and leaves you open to the possibility (or inevit- ability) of getting bumped down and hurt during bouts.

However, she said, during your fresh meat course, you're more likely to be constantly falling as you get used to your own two feet - not at the interference of anyone else's.

"Most people come along (to fresh meat night), and they've heard a bit about roller derby, their interest's peaked, and they want to know more," Mojo said.

Morgan Cowdery, of Lismore, had come along, hoping to get involved in the sport.

She said the allure of being a "derby girl" had intrigued her and that the female empowerment also struck a chord with her.

"It's been described to me as a women's sport, not a women's version of a male sport," she said.

So what's the best part of roller derby?

Mojo said it's got to be the fun, the friends, and the fitness.

"And getting out there and pounding people," she laughed.

You can find out more about Northern Rivers Roller Derby on the team's Facebook page.



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