“But Saturday’s first bout demonstrated how strong European teams have become, as the London Rollergirls overpowered the Arch Rival Roller Derby of St. Louis, 197-94. After a brief lead for Arch Rival, London opened a lead in the first 30-minute half and never looked back through the end of the bout. “
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In 2006, Bette Noir moved from Los Angeles to London and brought one of the most exciting women’s sports to Europe. “It was like ‘here’s this great thing, its empowering, we’re going to do it, we’re going to make it happen over here’”, she recalls. Since those early days a lot of things have changed. The London Rollergirls are now one of the top four roller derby teams in the world and a lot of new teams and leagues have been born outside the USA.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the London Rollergirls we asked Bette to dig deep in her pile of personal memories to share her ten favourite pictures of this first decade of fierce London girls on skates.