FreshMeat: Awesome.

By: Naughty Bee

I’m a girl who loves to wear t-shirts. Since starting roller derby I have amassed a small mountain of derby T-s and I’m happy to say that I have an HCRG shirt for every day of the week. Of course all of my Hammer City shirts are super, but I would have to say that by far my favourite is my FreshMeat T.

FreshMeat. That is what we call new recruits. They are girls who are typically very excited about playing derby, and also very nervous. And very, very worried about falling down.

These new recruits may have been attracted to roller derby for any number of reasons: they might like that it is a full contact sport; or they may have been attracted to the tough-rebel-badass rollergirl stereotype; perhaps they just want to wear fishnets and booty shorts; or be a part of a community of strong women; or maybe they can just sense that roller derby is the awesomest thing ever and they need to be a part of it.

That’s how I got drawn in to derby. It was the awesome.

But I soon learned that being awesome does not come without a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. It requires personal strength, tenacity and the drive to keep getting back up, no matter how many times you fall. It means believing in yourself, even when the people closest to you laugh and tell you that you aren’t tough enough to play roller derby.

Awesome means being able to ask for help, and being able to accept it. It means learning how to give of your self in support of your league mates, and working with others toward a common goal. It means being a part of a collective of strong, wonderful women with whom you will both laugh and cry. FreshMeat is the first step toward becoming a rollergirl and being a part of something amazing.

My FreshMeat T-shirt was the first tangible thing that connected me to the league that I love. It was the first thing that proved to me that I belong here. It is my favourite t-shirt because it joins me with a group of women and a sport that I care so much about that just thinking about it will bring tears to my eyes.

If you ever asked me to borrow this t-shirt I would, without hesitation, tell you absolutely NO! I earned this shirt through blood, sweat and tears. It belongs to me. Instead, I would encourage you to come out to Derby 101 and skate with us. If you stick with it I promise that you will earn so much more than a t-shirt.

Continue reading to learn more about Hammer City Roller Girls’ upcoming Derby 101

Derby 101

Derby 101 Essentials:
WHEN: The next start date for Derby 101 will be on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 6:30pm. Sessions are 1 hour, every Monday, for 8 weeks. Note that the first session will be for registration, followed by 8 skating sessions.
**The meeting location on February 6th will be This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St N, Hamilton. Street parking is available. HSR Route #4
WHERE: All skating sessions will be at Caledonia Fairgrounds: 151 Caithness Street East, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada. Free parking is available.
COST: Training by skilled members of the HCRG for $80.00, plus the cost of RSC Insurance ($50.00). Total – $130.00

For more information about preparing for Derby 101, download our Fresh Sheet, check out this FreshMeat File from or email

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