A typical image comes to mind when the word roller derby is used – tough looking girls, crazy nicknames and fishnet stockings – but it’s not always the case.
Many are every-day women just looking to have some fun, like Natalie LeBlanc.
Leblanc plays for the Capital City Roller “Daisy Cutters”. She is a lawyer by day and derby girl by night.
“Well, the type of job that I’m in it’s.. it’s not a boring job, but it’s a dry job,” she said. “It’s an office job and I was looking for something that would give me a challenge.”
Leblanc was training at a cross fit gym when she heard about roller derby coming to Fredericton.
“I thought, that is exactly what I need to do. So, it wasn’t any more romantic than that. I heard out it, I tried it and I’m completely hooked. Hooked, line and sinker,” says Leblanc.
The daisy cutters are gearing up for an elite all-star bout Oct. 26 at the Fredericton Exhibition Center. The Daisy Cutters will be joined by five other teams from the maritimes. The teams hail all over, including, P.E.I, Halifax, Moncton and Saint John.
One team in particular is on the newer side of roller derby and may have a bit more facial hair than the girls.
The only men’s team in Atlantic Canada will be competing in the game – they are the Saint John Wheelmen.
Being the only men’s team they usually play against women, or have to compete out of province.
League announcer and Saint John Wheelmen player, Dok Rogers says he’s been involved in roller derby since it started in 2010. He hopes to see another men’s team emerge in the future.
“There’s been a lot of talk – Moncton is holding a lot of strong hopes to see one out of them. Another spot would be here in Fredericton, we’re hoping they do something,” says Rogers. “There are enough boyfriends and husbands that are involved in this that really should join so that they have something to talk about with their significant other, ’cause once you’re derby, it’s all or nothing.”
With the all-star game only a few days away both the Wheelmen and the Daisy Cutters are practicing hard, making sure they are their best when the time comes to show off their skills.
All six teams will be divided into two all-star teams for a friendly, but competitive game to showcase the talent and athletic ability of skaters in the region.
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Edited by Bronté James.