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January 8, 2019

Photo: Lyndsay Anderson 

If you’ve been to a game, an open house or a community event table lately, we might have told you about the wonders of roller derby. We’re pretty excited about what we do, and very eager to tell anyone with a glimmer of interest about the fun yo...

March 23, 2017

Last week I went to a talk by Catrina Brown, a professor of social work at Dalhousie. Her talk was on women and depression, and I almost skipped it because I figured I was already an expert, being a woman and depressed. But I went anyway, and spent the full 45 minutes...

January 5, 2017

When I started skating I thought I wanted to transform into a hardcore roller derby star.  Someone to channel the aggression hiding deep down somewhere in my mind. I wanted to be fearless and rebellious, kick ass and take names, unquestionable confidence in every strid...

I started the “Learn to Skate” program with Anchor City Rollers in January 2016, despite a few family members asking, “You are doing what?” and my partner, who said, “Maybe you should get in better shape first.” Great point, but the comment felt rather discouraging – I...

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 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 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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