USA Roller Derby

Former party girl from Ashtead heads Stateside for roller derby play-offs


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PARTY girl turned weight-lifter from Ashtead has won a spot on London’s team for a tournament in Florida.

Jess Crook, 30, will head Stateside in September for the international Women’s Flat Track Association play-offs.

Roller derby consists of two teams of four defensive players (blockers) and one jammer – the point scorer – racing round a track on rollerskates.

The jammers score one point for each opponent they lap, as long as they pass that player in bounds and without penalties. Blockers help their jammer get through the pack while simultaneously blocking the opposing team’s jammer.

Ms Crook said: “Before I started playing roller derby, I was just like most other twenty-something girls working in the City. I was partying a lot and didn’t have many hobbies.

“The sport has given me a reason to get fit and now I’ve been rewarded with this incredible opportunity to represent London at a prestigious tournament in America. I can’t believe my luck and just hope I can do the team proud.”

Miss Crook has skated for Surrey since 2012 and is now a key member of London Rollergirls.

Rollergirls was started in April 2006 and was the first roller derby league to be established in the UK.

Miss Crook will be joining the squad’s “A-team”, London Brawling, as they take part in the playoffs on September 18 to 20 in Jacksonville.

Brawling, currently ranked fourth in the world, are riding high after an undefeated tour of California earlier in the year.

This year marks London Rollergirls’s fourth showing at the playoffs and they are going into the tournament as a number one seed.

More European teams than ever before are entering the competition this year players from Berlin, Malmo, Glasgow, Helsinki and Stockholm al l taking part.



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