Why Roller Derby?

There are many reasons why I love Roller Derby. First of all it is an awesome way to exercise and motivate yourself to get fit. It also is a great way to meet many awesome hardworking people. Derby requires all your focus at practices (and of course at bouts as well), so you have no time to dwell on other issues going on in your life e.g. work problems etc. When you’re doing something that difficult, you can’t afford 13 seconds of dwelling because in that time someone will either out-skate you or knock you to the ground. After practice you suddenly realize two hours went by where you weren’t worried about the things that keep you up at night. In addition with all the extra dopamine pouring into your brain it makes you feel naturally happy. Derby makes you step out of the box and push yourself to get better. It gives you increased confidence in your daily life and the initiative to work harder.At each challenge that you succeed in Derby it makes you feel like you can conquer the world and there is no better feeling than this. Personally, I can not get enough of Roller Derby! From the moment I started I loved it, even though I could barely skate. Now I am starting to fly around the track! And I couldn’t be more proud and happy to be apart of something so awesome. Now off to watch some Whip it!

by Jessica Stere

by Jessica Stere


Influential Women

Throughout history there have been many influential women who have brought great change to the world. A couple of my favourites (in no particular order) are Cleopatra, Mother Teresa, Emily Murphy, Emily Carr and Malala Yousafzai. These are just some of the women who have made a positive impact on my life. I enjoy reading about all that they went through and are going through. Each woman has so much that we can learn from.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes:

I will not be triumphed over. ~ Cleopatra

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. ~ Mother Teresa

Nothing ever happens by chance, Everything is pushed from behind. ~ Emily Murphy

There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness. ~Emily Carr

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. ~ Malala Yousafzai


As I go through my day to day life, I often think about all the influential people surrounding me. I definitely think there is a bit of each person that I carry along with me everywhere I go. I hope you enjoyed my favourite quotes, Happy Feminist Friday!

Roller Derby ~ Fresh Meat

Afternoon Everyone,

It has been about six months since I have first tried Roller Derby. At the moment I am working on my minimum requirements to be able to play in a scrimmage. So far Roller Derby has been such a blast and I have already met such great people who are energetic and truly one of a kind! Roller Derby has been such an amazing discovery for me, as I like to be physically active and part of a team, but have not had the chance to join much since moving. Every time I come home from practice I am beaming with delight (even when I was so sore I could barely move)!

My Derby Story:
I have a friend who was in Derby and kept telling me how awesome the group is and how great of a sport Derby really was. I was on the fence about it for a long time, not sure if it really was the sport for me, since I had no skating capabilities at all. During a night of volunteering for the festival in town I had a chance to talk to one of the Derby Coaches in town. He immediately asked if I was interested and told me all about Derby and how to play. I left the night with his business card. I kept the card on my nightstand on my bedside table before I approached my friend interested in trying it out.
My first practice: As the derby season had just ended my first practice was very quiet with only a few members present. I feel that this was a good thing for me as I would be described as Bambi learning to walk on ice like mentioned before no skating capabilities at all. The very first thing you learn in Derby is how to fall properly (onto your protective pads), that way you don’t hurt yourself. This I did pretty well with only a few falls that hurt because I was not in Derby stance.
It took a few weeks before I became more excited and less nervous to go to attend. Even at the beginning, the adrenaline after each practice was pretty high. I fell in love with skating! Now I am working hard to get better and become more fit.

by Jessica Stere

Design by Jessica Stere

If you are interested in Derby and want to know more, you can visit rollergirl.ca