Mountain City Rollers Story
22 Janurary 2010
By Kyle Wadsworth
Take roller skating women, add high speeds, helmets, pads and a lot of physical contact and you end up with roller derby.
Taranaki’s newest team The Mountain City Rollers is looking for more women to join their team, and you don’t even have to know how to skate.
“The really good thing is anyone can do it. I hadn’t played a sport since I left High School, I was too busy having kids and working and Roller Derby became my instant love” says team member Katherine Griffin.
“It’s any age, any fitness, any shape. The bigger you are, the better it is”
The team formed in August with the goal of creating a no nonsense, fun, positive team that all women can be actively involved in.
Sport-enthusiast Andrea Byran believes the sport can change a woman’s life for the better.
“Everyone’s supportive of each other’s achievements, and there is a strong sense of ‘Yes I can do it and yes I am a strong woman’. It’s a good stress reliever too.”
The sport is not as dangerous as you might think. There are rules and penalties that serve as safety precautions, and all skaters must wear safety gear such as kneepads, elbow pads, helmets and mouthguards. The girls try to keep the sport fun, but serious.
“You don’t have to be a staunch woman to play the sport – there are a lot of mums and girly-girls who enjoy it” Andrea says.
The group are holding a camp in 2010 to form the New Zealand Roller Derby team, to play against Australia later in the year. The match will be the first time New Zealand and Australia have played against each other in the sport.
Women keen on trying out the sport must be over 18 and can contact the team though their email address firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Andrea on 027 355 3078.