Roller Derby looking for fresh recruits

Roller Derby enthusiast Shelley Alexandria.
Roller Derby enthusiast Shelley Alexandria.

WHEN you’re a mother, and looking for something new to do with your time outside the home, Roller Derby is the first activity to spring to mind, right?

Well, local mother Shelley Alexandria thought “why not!”.

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Shelley felt a strong desire to add something to her life, to give her a break outside the home and from parenthood constraints and wanted to build her fitness.

She saw an advertisement for Roller Derby, mustered her courage, put on her skates and hasn’t looked back.

Shelley told News Of The Area, “I had been to watch a few games before and it looked like a whole lot of fun.”

“I joined back in 2014 and quickly became addicted.”

“My teammates became my friends and my family,” she said.

Shelley plays for Maitland Roller Derby, which is a co-ed league, and has also played on the home teams for Newcastle.

Sometimes there is travel involved for teams to play, with teams Shelley has played with travelling to Armidale, Port Macquarie, Central Coast and Newcastle.

This season will see Shelley’s team go even further to the Blue Mountains, Sydney and possibly Canberra.

The Maitland Roller Derby train for two hours on a Wednesday night and three hours on a Friday night.

“Roller derby is such an inclusive sport, with a little bit of commitment and training anyone can play and be involved,” Shelly said.

“I am currently the only player residing in Port Stephens (Medowie) and would love to build on those numbers.”

There is an information night coming up for anyone interested in learning more on the 24 February.

For more information visit their Facebook page Facebook.com/maitlandrollerderby or email: headcoach.mrd@gmail.com.

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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