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September 8, 2017

Whoever coined the phrase “your body is a temple” was right about mine, because over the years I have managed to destroy it slowly (and sometimes quickly). On a regular basis, I am left to pick up the pieces and rebuild until I am back to a “normal,” functioning state....

April 9, 2017

So you've decided that you want to up your derby game. Maybe you have just joined a learn to skate program and are eager to master the skills. Or maybe you are ready to get that competitive edge and join a team. That is great! I have a couple of steps to help improve y...

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...

February 8, 2017

*With special mention to Maritime derby photographers, especially our very own Richard Lafortune

To all of our derby photographers (Richard Lafortune, Paul Vienneau, Steve Clarkson, Evan Shanks, Roy Crawford, Jason Hickey, Andre Reinders, Travis of Digital Reflections,...

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...

August 16, 2016

I love roller derby.  Getting involved in this amazing community has truly been a life-changer for me.  I just have so much love for this incredible sport.  Yet there is something that I need to say about roller derby which is something that I could do without and hope...

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...

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