Sport In Profile UK Issue 16 - Page 32

Newcastle Roller Girls FOLLOW US ONLINE Newcastle Roller Girls Kalamity James playing for Newcastle Roller Girls photo by Zero G Photography It has been a successful year for all of the Newcastle Roller Girls teams this season. Sport in Profile Magazine recently caught up with their Head Coach Kerri ‘Kalamity’ James to find out more about how they have been getting along. Involvement Present She told us, “I’ve been skating and involved with Newcastle Roller Girls for about eight and a half years. A friend founded the league, asked me if I wanted to come along, and I’ve been there at least twice a week ever since!” “I’d say the atmosphere here is pretty good! We’ve got three teams so everyone gets a fair shot at playing games which is good for skater retention and morale. Our A team have had a cracking year after a wobbly start. Losing some The Role key players at the start of the year when we had a high level tournament at home planned in Spring was a big blow to our plans for world domination! But we took some time to rebuild, came back fighting and had a great showing at the Mayday Mayhem tournament in Colorado, USA. Our B team the, Whippin’ Hinnies, have really pushed themselves this “I’m head coach for the league. We have around 80 members and three travel teams (A Team - The Canny Belters, B Team - the Whippin’ Hinnies and C team - The North Cs) - it can be difficult juggling the different needs of all three teams! Luckily a great coaching team means the workload gets spread out. The most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing other people blossom into confident skaters. I also LIVE for how much body confidence roller derby gives women of every size.” Newcastle Whippin Hinnies v Manchester team photo by Zero G photography 32 Issue 16