I didn't know what Roller Derby was a small child, and when I was introduced to it as a teenager I didn't see women that looked like me. Of course I still found the sport intriguing, but I foolishly thought it was a white girl thing. I saw women that looked liked me in other sports I played as a child. I participated in Track and Field, Gymnastics and Basketball, all sports that I saw representation of myself being actively apart of. I hadn't known that the lack of racial representation correlated with my desire to do certain things. I definitely could have been a badass roller derby player (still can) had I felt I had access. Representation allows people to visualize the access they have and can also use towards different opportunities.
To give girls and women a peek into a sport that many of us know little about I interviewed badass Roller Derby player Hunnie Brasco, and she gives us the deets on derby world.
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I fell in love with it--hard. Most people that discover it do. It is sport that holds no real boundaries with a woman's body size; you can be a variety of shapes and be effective in some way on the track. Women seem to gain a real sense of confidence while playing this sport, and the camaraderie is amazing. Also, since it has had its modern resurgence only in the past decade or so, it is one of few sports that women can start playing in their 20's or 30's, and really excel at. For many other sports, that is far too late.
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I have never personally experienced any sorts of racism in the sport, despite the low representation, but I also live in California where attitudes tend to be a little more liberal. There is a Black Roller Derby forum where players from around the world digitally convene, and I see that some of my compatriots in other places have very different experiences. They cope the best that they can, and really rely on the support from our forum--even though it is remote.
Hunnie Brasco is definitely has her feet firmly placed in something she loves, and that alone is a huge thing to be proud of. Continue being great, we need you! Want to get more Hunni Brasco, follow her on twitter! @HunnieBrasco
Whats an activity you don't see yourself represented in that you've always been interested? Lets us know in the comment section below!