This is Rhona ‘Crow Jane’ Flynn. She’s a skater and head coach with Cork City Firebirds. They are a flat-track roller derby league in Cork, Ireland. They train 4-5 days a week, about half on-skate, half off-skate. So yes they’re serious about the sport. In fact very serious. Crow Jane also skated on the Irish national team at the Roller Derby World Cup in Toronto in December 2011. Check out a recent story on them in the Irish Times about how they fared here. Roller Derby is a full-contact team sport, played on quad roller skates, on an oval track. Since the birth of the modern sport ten years ago, there have been over a thousand teams formed worldwide. In Ireland, there are teams training in Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Limerick, and Greystones, with more forming around the country. A game is made up of bouts called jams, in which each team has an assigned jammer, a player who can score. The jammer scores points by lapping the opposing team around a track, so both teams try to assist their own jammer and block the opposing jammer. The result is a competitive and very physical sport, with ice-hockey levels of bruising contact.
But as they say on their facebook page:
A little violence never hurt anybody.