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July 5, 2016

(This is the second post in a series.  Please see Intro to Aggressive Skating)

Park Etiquette

The main thing here is don't be a jerk, and skate safe.  Before you barrel into a skate park you  will want to watch the other people using the park (if there are any).  A...

June 23, 2016

I’ve always been a person that enjoyed playing sports, especially team sports. Growing up I was in dance, swimming, figure skating, ringette, and rugby. I always enjoyed being active but I didn’t really understand training. I would go to my practices and learn the skil...

June 8, 2016

So I’m a photographer. I just graduated from NSCC’s Photography program and loved it! During my first year I had an assignment to photograph someone in silhouette. With a silhouette, there are no facial features visible so you need to have some other recognizable featu...

May 30, 2016

What has consistently surprised me about roller derby is the low student population on teams and in the Fresh Meat program. Roller derby is unique, feminist, welcoming, has some wild parties, and doesn’t require previous athletic experience. Overall, it is theoreticall...

May 24, 2016

“You know how I feel about that Roller Derby.” This is my Nana, very time we talk.  I don’t even have to bring up the topic; she scolds me every time. I live and play roller derby in Nova Scotia, while all of my family lives in Ontario. Nana has never seen a game, so h...

May 16, 2016

I grew up with an interest in team sports. I tried volleyball, basketball and badminton... and sucked at them all. Even though I attended workshops and sports camps, I was never good enough to make a team. I wanted to badly to be part of a team that I even asked to att...

May 10, 2016

[Originally published at "Hook & Eye" http://www.hookandeye.ca/2016/03/women-academia-sport-place-in-league.html ]

It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m in a gym in Spryfield, Nova Scotia. I have just skated 20 laps in 5 minutes–my best time yet. We have reached the halfway po...

May 2, 2016

Photo Credit by Richard Lafortune

I am a dedicated referee. That means that my primary commitment when participating in Roller Derby is to be an official. It’s my job to work with my team – often referred to as Zebras* (or “Zeebs”) – to make sure the game is safe and fa...

April 29, 2016

So you've decided to up your game and start skating in the bowls. That's awesome and you are a badass!  I want to try to answer some questions and provide helpful hints for starting out in aggressive skating.

Facing your Fears

It is honestly pretty scary the fi...

April 25, 2016

The day I clicked ‘Send’ on my registration for roller derby, I felt powerful.  I posted a selfie, looking scared and excited, grinning and pretending to chew my nails. I captioned it,

“The Face of someone who just registered for derby!”  That picture got likes, encoura...

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