Whether you’re watching, or playing, Roller Derby is a sport filled with thrills. We sat down with Cesy, a gal who’s new to Roller Derby, and asked her how she got started. She illuminates us on the work behind Derby, the community of skaters, and the why she loves learning:
I joined because it appealed to my competitive nature, because it’s a contact sport so a bit more physical than most sports and because it really a sport for women. I’m in an all women league. There are male and co-ed leagues out there, but women started it and women are the ones who have kept it going. I only moved to this area a year ago, so it has been an opportunity to meet women from all walks of life and they have all been lovely and awesome. They’re also very supportive and patient of fresh meat. When I started 12 week ago, I couldn’t even stand up on skates. Thanks to the patient teaching of the experienced girls, I’m much more confident and I really enjoy it. Is it hard? Yes. I initially found mastering the basic skills a real challenge and there have been times I’ve cried because of the physical pain and also because I’ve been frustrated that I haven’t “got it.” But when you do master that skill that’s been eluding you, it is the best feeling.
At this stage, I’m still at the intermediate level, not ready to bout yet. Watching the girls who do bout is very inspiring. They have obviously worked hard to be where they are. It’s not a sport you can just dabble in. It does require real commitment.
One of the big things I’ve learned is that roller derby is run by skaters for skaters. Everyone is expected to be involved in the running of the league in some way, whether by trying to obtain sponsorship, doing the PR, looking after the venues, organizing events etc. It really is a community sport.
What do I really enjoy about it? The exercise for one, the endorphin rush is like nothing else! The community—the other skaters. We really look after each other, it’s fantastic. Doing something a little bit different. Mastering roller skating has been fun. I now get all angsty when I haven’t skated in a few days! It’s a bug I tell ya!
For Roller Derby in Corona–The Prison City Derby Dames’ home rink is located at:
4325 Prado Rd. #101
Corona, CA 92880 [MAP].
If you’re interested in attending a match, their next home game is August 25, 2012. For those interested in trying out being “Fresh Meat,” eg. joining Roller Derby, you can find out more information here.