We find out that while the gals of Hong Kong Roller Derby may look fierce (and they are tough!), they're actually a big pack of softies who are all about community
From climbing gyms to water sports, finding your favourite fun workouts in the city can be tough. If you’re looking for something really fun (and kind of kick-ass) to add to your week, then you may just want to sign up for Hong Kong Roller Derby. While the sport looks pretty tough, the ladies assure us that one of the hardest things about it will be choosing your pseudonym!
Meet the team behind Hong Kong Roller Derby
You’re probably familiar with the sport of roller derby thanks to Drew Barrymore’s Whip It, but did you know that Hong Kong has its very own crew? Hong Kong Roller Derby is an all-female non-profit organisation which is completely owned and operated by the skaters, and we headed along to a practice to see what it’s all about (check out the video below.)
The crew actually started in 2013 and grew in numbers until they had their first bout in 2017. Though the growth has been gradual, the passion from these ladies for the sport that they love is totally evident when you watch one of their high-energy practices.
“The best thing about being involved with Hong Kong Roller Derby is meeting badass women (and men) from across the world, playing and training with the pan Asian community, and being able to follow the sport I love around the globe,” says Rogue, one of the members of the group.
Despite lack of options for training in Hong Kong and a climate that isn’t the most conducive, these high rollers make it work and are starting to play bouts in Hong Kong. More than anything, the group is about community and inclusivity. They are always looking for new members, and promise to teach you everything from how to skate to how to perfect your crossovers, regularly meeting in Victoria Park to practice.
“Roller Derby looks tough, but we’re actually a big bunch of softies,” explains Rogue. “We have hire gear, so you can come along; this community will be with you wherever you find yourself in the world.”
And we think that’s pretty cool.
Find out more about Hong Kong Roller Derby.