The Road to Rollergirl How I Stopped Being a Roller Wannabe and Started Being a Rollergirl

About the Wannabe

You don't become a rollergirl, really, you realize that you are one already.
-Ginger Snap, Gotham Girls Roller Derby

From the moment I stepped through the door at my first roller derby bout, I knew that the roller derby was for me. I've always hated sports, I've never been a "cool kid," and I'm the clear runt of every litter, but as the music thumped, my heart pounded right alongside it and I thought with absolute certainty "I could do that." Maybe I'm nerdy and bookish, but I'm a pistol, and I know a revolution when I see one. I was still finding my badass feminist self, and I immediately knew: this is what we've been fighting for.

It's taken me a while to get to a point in my life where I have enough time to devote to a sport that demands everything you have and then begs for more, but I've finally run out of excuses. For my New Year's Re[v]olution, I decided that 2010 would be the year that I stopped being a roller wannabe and started being what I've always known that I am...

a rollergirl.