So you asked about Roller Derby…

You may have seen some of my posts mention Roller Derby. 

Perhaps you’ve even spotted a photograph or two of mine (or one of my very talented colleagues’) of the sport. 

Maybe you’d even like to watch/join/play if there are any leagues locally.  I think I can help there. ;)

The version we play (in the leagues I have followed to date) in Australia is Flat Track Roller Derby which is sanctioned by the Womens Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in the US.  Go check out the rulebook – it’s scary long.  Don’t be put off by that though, you will learn them as you go along.  Trust me. :P

Just in case though, here is a basic run down:

Full Credit to Hammer City Roller Girls for the video.

The rules have changed slightly since this video was made but you’ll get the general idea.

Another comprehensive explanation of the game basics can be found courtesy of the wonderful Canberra Roller Derby League. :)

There are many leagues within Australia, Roller Derby IS the fastest growing sport in the world!  Why?  Because it has something for everyone.  Speed, athleticism, tactics, teamwork, stamina and endurance… and then there is the culture and community.  A very strong community that stretches worldwide.

Within Australia, information on finding leagues – or even local bouts and last weekend’s scores, can found on Roller Derby AU.   Indeed there are also men’s and junior leagues around the country too – so no one should need miss out on the fun! :mrgreen:

I recommend looking up your local league, finding an event to wander along (you’ll be welcome and so will the rest of the family!), dress up if it’s a themed bout and soak up some of the atmosphere.  I would hazard a bet that there’s an event happening not so far away from you, this weekend.

You never know… you might even find yourself signing up for Fresh Meat one day. 8-)


Plus don’t forget to say hi if you see a photographer there, they are all pretty cool people! Really. :D

Perhaps you may even get to bump into me… I’ll be the one with the short cropped hair with blue and purple highlights, carrying around a camera.  A rather large one. :P

Oh… and my photos can be found at my link –


The amazing Penergy of Canberra Roller Derby League.

The amazing Penergy of Canberra Roller Derby League.

Hopefully, one day I’ll get to snap you around the track too. ;)

Derby love to all and Happy #IBOT!


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Rhianna (9 years ago)

Your photos are so amazing, every time I look at them I have the overwhelming urge to be a derby girl. Though I struggle to think of what cool derby name I could have. Thanks for sharing lovely
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Thank you Rhianna! I love the game so much, I always hope my photos do it justice! As for derby names, there are always people to help there! ;) x

Janet @ Redland City Living (9 years ago)

Ok I admit, I’m too much of a wuss to do roller derby. How do you handle the bumps and bruises all the time?!

Visiting from #teamIBOT xxx
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    The bumps and bruises are worn as a badge of honour Janet! We invest in lots of strapping tape and arnica though. ;) x

Me (9 years ago)

LOL – from what I have seen I think I am better off on the side lines watching !!
Have a great day and I hope that your recovery is going as it should.
Love, hugs and positive energy !
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    As long as you’re joining me, it’s all good hon! ;) xxx

Deb @ Home life simplified (9 years ago)

I love hearing about roller derby from all the awesome aussie bloggers taking it on – i am so accident prone and a klutz i won’t be joining in but i love how it has grown a huge following
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Always room for spectators and volunteers though Deb! ;)

Emily @ Have a laugh on me (9 years ago)

I’m totally excited about seeing a game after listening/watching this – bloody hard core shit from the looks! Em
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Sounds good Em. What ARE you doing this Sunday? ;) x

Lisa@RandomActsOfZen (9 years ago)

Carmen your photos are awesome, so much energy captured! I’ve always wanted to try roller derby, but think I’ve left my run a little too late, so I’ll live it through your images :) xx
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Never too late or too old Lisa! You don’t know until you have a go. :) x

Annaleis (9 years ago)

I did rollerskating lessons as a child and loved it! No rinks out here though. Would be great to watch!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Bouts are rarely played on rinks Annaleis! Our league plays in a basketball stadium!
    Have a look, you might be surprised. x

Kaz @ Melting Moments (9 years ago)

I have never been able to roller skate which surprises me because I used to do ballet on pointe and sail using the trapeze (not at the same time). It looks like so much fun. Photographing the events would be equally as much fun no doubt – bump up that shutter speed! Awesome photos :)
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    You might surprise yourself these days Kaz. I hear so many girls say they can’t skate or couldn’t before they started training… and they are some of the fastest girls on wheels these days. ;)
    Photographing is definitely fun though! :D x

Tam (9 years ago)

Oh, it’s my goal to someday have an awesome picture of myself taking a hit! So far I only have a dodgy pic taken by my six year old of me practicing on the deck. FAIL! Love your pics – so dynamic!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Well I think you already have a headstart then Tam. It shouldn’t be too long before you grace my images one day *fingers crossed!* Thanks for dropping by! :)

Becc (9 years ago)

I am not a girly girl per se, but I gotta tell you I am too much of a Princess for this! I’d be better as a cheerleader (that’s at the drinks afterwards – leading the cheers!)
It does look like fun to watch.
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Ahh Becc, I wish I was capable of being out there on the track! I loved training. xx

Grace (9 years ago)

I can just imagine the Roller Derby community packed with strong, athletic women. Yeeha!
Your photos are truly amazing, C! x
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Ah Grace, you really need to get along to watch a bout sometime soon. Mwah! ;) x

Miss Cinders (9 years ago)

It was obvious derby was going to be a HUGE in your life way back when. I used to laugh at the stories you girls would come back to NC with about derby… and the clever talent of the derby girls to end up in hosiptal together lol

I don’t know if Moo has made up her mind if she’s going up your way for schoolies yet, but apparently if she does you *have* to take her and introduce her to the world of roller derby. It’s even a good excuse to move apparently lol

Happy iBOT lovely xx
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    I’ve never been in hospital with derby girls that I know of… ;)

    Sounds like fun for Moo. We’ll do our damnest of course! :D xx

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