New member intake

Western Sydney Rollers is hosting an information session and new member intake in March, 2019.  

On Friday 15 March 2019, the team from Western Sydney Rollers will be at The Colonial Hotel from 7.30pm to host an information session.

If you’re interested in joining roller derby; as a referee, official (on or off skates), a player or supporter, come along to The Colonial.  Grab a meal and a drink, relax and get to know some of our members while you ask them all the questions abut this great game and how you can add roller derby to your life.

Our newest members will be able to start on Sunday 31 March from 5pm. Freshies will meet at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre (30 Herbert St., Cambridge Park) to start their roller derby Journey.  The first freshie session will start with an orientation and information, followed by an off-skates fitness session and some light introductory skating.

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Roller derby information session – February, 2019

Skater Kitty SlamHer in a "Shut up and skate" tank top

Have you been watching Whip It? Did you cheer on Australia in the Roller Derby World Cup? If you’d like to experience roller derby from beyond the sidelines and you’re in the Penrith or wider Western Sydney region, Western Sydney Rollers (WSR) is the roller derby league for you!

WSR has a variety of roles for roller derby enthusiasts and newbies to get involved in. Members can be a Freshie Skater, learn to be a skating official, become a player and be a non-skating official.

We welcome everyone – those who can skate and those who who want to learn how to skate; and all genders, sexualities, body types and levels of athleticism. Everyone can find a derby home at WSR – even artistic skaters and speed skaters!

Do you have an interest in the roller derby community and would like to find out more? We’re hosting an information session.

Roll up at 3:30pm on Sunday 10 February, 2019 to Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre (30 Herbert Street, Cambridge Park, NSW 2747). Come along, meet the league members and get involved in roller derby through a fun and inclusive roller derby league.

To ask more questions, send an email to: or post on our Facebook event page.

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Skater with session info and motivational quote shirt

Taking the First Step

Taking the First Step

by Hermione Danger


I would have said yes to anything in 2012. Macrame. Rock climbing. Space exploration. After devoting myself to a marriage of 17 years that was now at an end, my attitude was, “Stuff it. I’ll do something for myself for a change.” It was just luck that the opportunity presented to me was roller derby. I had an acquaintance who was a derby girl, and now Mike, the manager of my son’s footy team was telling me I should give it a go. I thought the idea was slightly crazy. I’d never even watched a game. And 39-year-old mothers-of-three don’t take up full-contact sports on skates. But within a fortnight, I’d purchased my freshies pack, laced on skates for the first time in 29 years, and well and truly found out what it feels like to fall on your ass.

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My first skates


I’ve since discovered that the decision to take up this amazing sport is not as cut and dried for many people. You may have come to many bouts or none. You may be 18 or 50 or anywhere in between (one of my favourite competitive skaters is 51 and shows no signs of retiring yet). You may have dreamed about playing roller derby but let inconvenient facts (like “I can’t skate”) stop you from taking the first step. You may have had to put your derby dreams on hold for other major life events – babies, PhDs, travel. You may have listened to people who don’t fully understand the sport (“But it’s so dangerous!” (it’s not), “They’re really violent!” (we’re not!)).

The fact is, the derby community – both inside WSR and beyond – is an amazing group of people. Encouraging, uplifting, helpful – everything you want in a second family. Most retailers will give you a discount on your starter kit – skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet and mouth guard (get some toe protectors for your skates and a tailbone protector while you’re at it). The reason is, derby retailers know how great the sport is, and they want to help you on your way to finding your inner derby player.

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Sample Freshies pack from


What most people don’t know about roller derby training programs, is that there’s no contact until we’re sure you’re safe on skates and can handle it. We have various assessments you undertake during your derby journey to ensure you’re ready for the next level. The first step is teaching you stability, balance and basic skating techniques. We take you through different ways to stop, maneuver, skate fast, skate slow, and stay stable. Once you’ve mastered the basic skating criteria, we introduce you to tiny baby hits. They’re more like nudges actually. But, with the basic training you’ve already received, you’ve got all the skills you need to remain stable while people are trying to move you out of the way (and vice versa). This is the point where we teach you hip checks, shoulder checks, juking and walls – the derby basics. And from there, it’s just a matter of time and practice until you become an All-Star.

There are no guarantees in roller derby – but then there are no guarantees in life. But with WSR’s newest Wheels In Training program just starting, we still have a few spots for new skaters and we’d love to help you unleash your inner derby player. If it’s something you’ve always been curious about, why not drop us a line via our contact page? We’d love to hear from you and, if it’s right for you, open the doors to this amazing sport for you.