Telford’s Tom gets his skates on for major #roller derby championships in US
A Shropshire skater is hoping to glide to victory across the Atlantic at the Men’s Roller Derby championship in #St Louis.
Tom Langford, from Ketley, Telford, who works as a sales representative, competes in the sport which sees competitors ride roller skates to race around a circular, banked board track.
The aim is to free a team-mate or team-mates for the opportunity to score by lapping one or more opponents.
The tournament, to be held in the US city on October 17 and 18, sees the top 10 teams in the world go head-to-head to fight for gold.
London’s #Southern Discomfort, the team Tom skates for, are currently ranked sixth in the world.
They attend the competition fresh from their recent victories winning gold both at the British and European championships. Tom said: “I’ve been skateboarding and skating since I was younger.
The sport was depicted in 2009 Hollywood film Whip It, starring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore.
Competing in such a fast sport requires a lot of hard work and dedication.
Tom adds that he has a lot of respect for the game and wants to help others reach their goals within the sport. As well as playing for his own team, he also coaches a successful women’s team in Birmingham.
“I train up to six times a week which also includes coaching a women’s league team in Birmingham for three days.
“I do cross training twice a week and then train with the men’s team I play for. I was also lucky enough to be selected for and train with Team England,” he says.
So after the tournament, what’s next for Tom?
In March last year, Tom as part of the team that came second in the Men’s Roller Derby World Cup.