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Anyone who’s watched Drew Barrymore’s latest ﬂick,
Whip It, would know the appeal of roller derby, where
teams of girls go for it Battle Royale-style on the roller
rink in a frenetic sport that's as much smash 'em, crash 'em, rock
'em, sock 'em, as it is about outrageous personas and players with
monikers like Slawta Dawta and Ladykiller.
Roller derby is growing exponentially in popularity, with fans of
this women's contact sport sprouting up all over the land, alongside
the ubiquitous inter-league teams with equally improbable names
like Golden Roughs and Licorice Short Shorts. According to Sun
State Roller Girls player, Sculley (Sarah Sculley), roller derby is
the "best thing that will ever happen to you."
"Go to a game. Turn up to a freshmeat training session and put
on some skates. Volunteer to help out at bouts. Get involved any
way you can because I promise it will be the most adventure you'll
have on eight wheels (or watching people on eight wheels)!" says
It is for this reason that Sarah Sculley is so adamant to share her
passion for roller derby. She comments that roller derby is a life-
style rather than just a sport.
"Sun State Roller Girls is skater-owned and run which means
that all the girls and guys volunteer their time to fundraise, grow
the league and the awareness of roller derby within Australia. We
work very hard on and off the track and it's starting to really pay-
off. Our freshmeat intake has increased ten-fold, our bout crowds
have doubled and the local community has become so much more
aware of the sport."
Sculley believes roller derby gives her the opportunity to "be a
rockstar without any musical talent."
"We (the skaters) get asked for our autographs after the games.
We get fan mail, media attention and so much support from the
community that some days it feels a bit surreal."
For more info on roller derby check out sunstaterollergirls.com
Photos: Kate O'Brien
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