Ten years of London Rollergirls in 10 pictures picked by the founder
In 2006, Bette Noir moved from Los Angeles to London and brought one of the most exciting women's sports to Europe. "It was like ‘here’s this great thing, its empowering, we’re going to do it, we’re going to make it happen over here'”, she recalls. Since those early days a lot of things have changed. The London Rollergirls are now one of the top four roller derby teams in the world and a lot of new teams and leagues have been born outside the USA.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the London Rollergirls we asked Bette to dig deep in her pile of personal memories to share her ten favourite pictures of this first decade of fierce London girls on skates.
Keep an eye out for our feature on the London Rollergirls coming out in #judas2 and come on out on the 26th of November for some live action. More information about the bout HERE.
"A photo from a practice in the early days, just after I made my permanent move to London".
"Poster from the first public roller derby game in the UK!"
"Our second public game. A great portrait that captures who I am and the individual aspect that is roller derby style".
"A big day for London Rollergirls and a big day for me. First we beat Team Canada in our first "international" game and then I get a marriage proposal at the end of the game!"
"We host the first WFTDA sanctioned tournament in the UK to sold out crowds at London ExCel".
"LRG is known for our clever videos and viral campaigns - like this "Backing Brawling" idea to help raise money to get us to our first WFTDA Championship tournament!"
"Playing a home team game with a microphone pack attached to my helmet for the filming of the TV series Roller 'Derby Till I Die'."
"Party leggings roller derby style!"
"The world champions Gotham Girls Roller Derby come to the UK for the biggest game the UK ever saw!"
"My daughter aka Bebe Noir"