Sunday, May 9, 2010

Roller Derby Dame

I have a new love...roller derby! (For those of you that only know roller derby to be a spectacle comparable to a WWF match, check out the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). This ain't your momma's roller derby!) OK, I always thought it was awesome and wanted to be on a team, but now my dreams might very well become reality.

There are currently three cities in Indiana that have leagues recognized as members of the WFTDA: Bloomington, Ft. Wayne, and Indianapolis. There are other cities with derbies in the works, including the South Bend Roller Derby and the Cornfed Derby Dames of Muncie.

My interest was first ignited a few years ago. Someone who lived on my dorm floor sophomore year had pictures on facebook of her and the derby team she was a part of. Fast forward to this year and I see pictures of one of my friends back home attending practices for an up and coming derby. I will admit, I was a little jealous. Everything about roller derby appealed to me (except maybe breaking a finger, but I'd live). Then, this past Thursday I was downtown enjoying the monthly First Thursday Gallery Walk when I see these girls on quad skates handing out fliers. The next night I met some of them at the local skating rink and skated for the first time since sophomore year. By the end of the night I was hot, sweaty, and my legs were hurting, but I was definitely back in the groove with skating. I'm attending a meeting tomorrow to get more information. I'm excited to see where this all goes.

I met my friend from back home at a derby bout this weekend and got to see it live!


With being done with classes for the semester, I don't have to feel guilty about sitting around doing non-academic research on the internet. Here are a few links that I found c/o the South Bend Roller Derby facebook page.

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five
: A weekly webcomic by Monica Gallagher that combines the superhero side of being a rollergirl with the Clark Kent side of working a day job.

Vegan Derby Girl: She's vegan, does roller derby, and she knits!

1 comment:

  1. Your cassette tapes reminded me of how I saw a cassette tape made into a necklace. I want to do it. I think I still have cassettes at my parents. Also, did you know that the roller derby started in Chicago? NOLA has one here too, and they are in Muses (a Mardi Gras Parade the Thursday before Mardi Gras). Brian and I haven't gone, yet, but I want to see them. Cool buttons!