Amanda Green (Downunder Dozer), Therese Williams (Tigress), Crystal Eary (Freshmeat) and Karen Holznagle (Eve of Xtinction).
Amanda Green (Downunder Dozer), Therese Williams (Tigress), Crystal Eary (Freshmeat) and Karen Holznagle (Eve of Xtinction).

Girls power up for derby

WITH player names like Eve of Xtinction and Downunder Dozer it’s not difficult to see how roller derby can be described as female empowerment.

Two of Blackwater Roller Derby’s stalwarts recently returned from the Northern Rivers Roller Derby Boot Camp in Lismore, where they honed their skills and networked along their journey to becoming Blackwater’s first competitive roller derby side.

It has been eight months since the Blackwater women first donned the skates with the dream of going competitive, and the club is now getting consistent numbers through the doors on a bi-weekly basis.

But there is always room for more, founder Karen Holznagel, aka Eve of Xtinction, said.

“We’re running a recruitment drive from now until the end of the year, all the gear hire is free for anyone new who comes down,” Karen said.

Amanda Green, aka Downunder Dozer, said a huge part of roller derby was the social aspect.

“I’ve met some great friends here since I started and most of them I wouldn’t have met anywhere else,” Amanda said.

“Most of us are mums, so it helps us get out, meet people, get fit and have fun while you’re doing it.”

Karen said roller derby was not the bloodsport it was often painted as, and should not be thought of as violent or rough.

“For us its definitely about empowering women,” she said.

The Blackwater Roll-Her Derby girls train on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm at the PCYC. Social get-togethers are held on Saturday from 9am to 10am.


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