Belfast Roller Derby was founded in early 2010 by a small group who saw the potential for introducing roller derby to Northern Ireland and, to quote one of their members “for skating our little hearts out!”
The first official session was held in April 2010 with some help from previous Glasgow Roller Derby (GRD) skater Lethal Lou Lou and current GRD member Sarah McMillan.
Since then, they have grown in both size and confidence. In 2011 they were joined by founding member of the Fair City Rollers, L’il Ms Guttersnipe, who took ther training up a notch. This culminated with their first public bout at the end of last year in front of a home crowd. They have a strong member base full of proactive, dedicated ladies and gents who are all working hard to take the league to the next level and a wonderful bunch of fresh meat coming up through the ranks. They continue to work hard to be the best they can, while still enjoying themselves and bonding as a league.
In keeping with modern derby ethos, they are dedicated to being run by and for their members. As well as over 30 active skaters, BRD are lucky to be able to enjoy having their own group of hard working referees and a dedicated Head NSO. Having an enthusiastic bunch of NSOs will also come in handy for 2012, with bouts arranged for almost every month for their All-star team, the Belfast Banshees. They also have upcoming intra-league bouts, where they look forward to a rematch between home teams, the Hellfast City Hitgirls and the Titanic Titans.
When asked about their thoughts on joining UKRDA, Hannahbolic Steroids said:
“We are delighted to join the UKRDA and can’t wait to get stuck in and share the craic with all the other member leagues and take that next step up in our development”
For more information please see belfastrollerderby.co.uk