Time for another Meet the Skater! Our next skater is part of London Rollergirls’ Fundamentals programme. World, meet Ellen!

How did you first hear about roller derby? (and London Rollergirls!)
I watched Whip It, of course. (Is there any other answer?) LRG were one of the first teams that came up when I searched online, and I spent hours scrolling through their website, in awe of all the amazing skaters who were playing roller derby in real life!

What made you want to try it?
Watching my first LRG home game pretty much sealed the deal. It was so empowering to see strong, talented and fearless skaters owning the derby track and defying expectations of traditional femininity.

Did you have any skating experience before you started Fundamentals? Have you played any other sports before?
I played a mean Wing Attack on my school netball team, but that was about it. And in terms of previous skating experience – none at all. Unless you count a roller disco aged 7. I was so bad at it I wouldn’t let my mum leave, and she had to hold my hand the whole time.

What is your favourite thing you have learned in training so far? What has been the most challenging thing?
Learning derby stops has been really fun, because they look so stylish! Starting contact work has been challenging but also really exciting; you get a sense of what a real bout will feel like.

What’s the best thing about learning to play roller derby?
The people.

Have you thought about a derby name yet? If so what is it?
A good pun is still pending…

What advice would you give someone thinking about trying roller derby?
Do it! You’ll never regret trying it.


If you want to find out more about our Fundamentals programme, click right here.