For those not so acquainted with the world of roller derby, here’s all you need to know about Stemme Magazine’s favourite sports team. Based in Brighton, the Rockers formed in 2010. Their two teams, Brighton Rockers (the A team) and the Brighton Rockerbillies (the B team) call Haywards Heath’s The Dolphin Leisure Centre home for games, while travelling the world for away games.

Roller derby is not for the faint of heart. With a 43-page rule book, the objective, in short, is for the five person team to destroy the opposition. The team is made up of a jammer, a pivot and three blockers. The jammer must lap their opponent, while the other team members attempt to stop the other team’s jammer from passing. There’s a whole load more excitement involved (which I’m not doing justice), so head to the Rockers’ website for their listings. Don’t miss this one: hardcore skating, badass personalities and a whole lot of bruises.


We caught up with some of the hard-core skaters with badass personalities and a whole lot of bruises to find out more…

Danelle Shoulder – aka RACEY


“My original name was Racey Slamhard. It was a play on the Page 3 model Lacey Banghard’s name. I liked that a name prominent in a misogynist institution has been re-appropriated to be a name in a feminist sport. Nowadays, I’m just “Racey” because it felt more like ‘me’.

Cat Solomon – aka CAKE OR DEATH?


“My strange friends used to quote Eddie Izzard endlessly, especially saying ‘cake or death?’ to just about everything. I had no clue what it meant, but it stuck. The irony is that since then, I’ve become coeliac. So it’s Cake AND Death (by being stuck to the toilet!)”

Kim (Bunny) Georgiou – aka CRUELTY SPREE


“Cruelty Spree is a play on the expression ‘cruelty free’, used on products which haven’t been tested in a poor baby rabbit’s eyes. It also sounds a bit like the Polyphonic Spree who are great, and not a cult. Cruelty free products are identified by a leaping bunny.”

Megs Tempest – aka. MEGNETO


“I grew up with the intention of becoming a superhero. My real name is Megs and my namesake Magneto, is a mutant with special abilities in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy multiverse. Who knew that strapping on skates would make me feel more powerful than I could ever possibly imagine?”

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All images by John Hesse