Ms. Andreas, the Roller Derby Queen

May 01, 2017

by Yasmin Abdullahi ’17

I sat down with Ms. Andreas and learned a lot of information about Roller Derby. Ms. Andreas had never been on skates before she joined Roller Derby. A friend who had just began playing 6 months before her recommended the sport to her and she thought it would be a great way to get into shape and play an active sport. After playing for over a year, she has become quite good in this sport which she enjoys a lot. When I first heard that she was playing roller derby my first instinct was to google the word because I did not know much about this sport. Thankfully, she had plenty of information to share.

Roller derby started as an exhibition sport in the 1940s and was on television during the ’50s, ’60s, and early ’70s. Generally each team has 15 to 20 players but only 5 players on the floor during the match: four blockers and one jammer. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, it was a fixed sport like wrestling; they knew who was going to win. Modern roller derby began in the early 2000s. Roller derby is generally a women’s sport with a lot more women’s teams than men. The main team for the Twin Cities is based in St. Paul. It is called the Minnesota Roller Girls. Ms. Andreas plays on a training team for MNRG, called the Debu-Taunts. She highly recommends this sport. Whether as a pastime or an outlet for tension, it can serve various purposes. Never thought I would say this about Roller Derby but I think I might give it a try.

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