What It’s Really Like to Be a Roller Derby Girl – Straight from the Mouth of One

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When you think of roller derby, you probably are picturing a bunch of tattooed girls in fishnets with a ton of bruises adorning their bodies. While there is definitely some bruising involved, there’s no such thing as a “stereotypical” roller derby girl.

To set the record straight, Miss Tea Maven (AKA Jennifer Dean) was willing to, pardon my bad joke, spill the tea on the latest episode of the Candy Dish podcast.

“Literally anyone and everyone can be involved in this sport,” she says, adding that women (and guys) of all backgrounds, ages, and personalities make up New York City’s Gotham Girls Roller Derby league.

But it’s not easy. Besides being physically tough, Miss Tea Maven estimates that she spends 30 to 40 hours a week honing her skills.

“A lot of people dedicate their lives to this,” she says. “They have work and then they have derby.”

Hear more about this incredible sport and how Miss Tea Maven went from never skating to competing internationally in just a few years on the Candy Dish podcast.

Check out all our episodes of Candy Dish by listening on SoundCloudΒ or subscribing on iTunes. And if you’re in NYC, make sure to get to a Gotham Girls Roller Derby match ASAP – you won’t regret it.

Stephanie PetitCOLLEGECANDY Writer
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