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Posted On: 6th Feb 2014

A Look at Roller Derby

Some Fixers during a roller derby game
Illustration of roller derby track
Fixer Natalie Simmers

A group of Inverness Fixers have helped make a film aiming to ensure the public perception of roller derby is on the right track.

 

Concerned that many people think the sport is too aggressive, Natalie Simmers and her team of skaters are drawing attention to the skill involved.

 

The 24-year-old, who began playing three years ago, hopes to change common misconceptions.

 

‘Many people think roller derby involves hurting as many people as possible,’ she says.

 

‘But in actual fact, it’s very tactical and there’s an awful lot of knack involved.

 

‘The great thing is that roller derby is quite inclusive and you don’t have to look a certain way or be a certain size. And it’s a great way to keep fit without even realising.’

 

With its roots in America, roller derby is a contact sport in which two opposing teams designate a scoring player to win points by lapping members of the other team while being blocked.

 

The group's film 'Roller Derby UK' seeks to dispel negative stereotypes and explains how the sport has helped them personally.

 

‘Working with Fixers has been great. We wanted the film to show how much the sport has changed our lives,’ explains Natalie.

 

‘It’s more than just pushing people around. It requires brains and tactics.

 

‘But the main thing was to show that it’s fun and a great way to keep fit, which I think we did.’

 

The team are hopeful that their Fixers film will encourage more young people to try roller derby, and feel the campaign will help create better competition for local players in the future.

 

‘The more awareness we raise, the better chance roller derby has to get bigger in Inverness,’ adds Natalie.

 

‘The message behind our campaign is “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”

 

‘The sport has come a long way since it started and is nothing like the misconceptions suggest.

 

‘It’s the only time I get to truly be myself. So if you think you’ve got what it takes, get your skates on!’

 

Visit the group's Facebook page if you're interested in taking up roller derby.

 

Watch their film 'Roller Derby UK' at the top of this page.

Author: N. Farooq

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