Wheels McCoy heads to the Roller Derby World Cup

For the very first time, Perth has a skater representing Team Australia at the Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester, UK.

‘Wheels McCoy’ aka Clare Molloy is a member of Perth Roller Derby and has been playing derby for almost 10 years.

The Mt Lawley resident is the only skater from WA to be selected to the team, undergoing a rigorous tryout process.

“The majority of the Aussie squad reside in Melbourne, which is where I had to travel to throughout 2017 for training sessions. There are so many talented skaters in Australia, I didn’t believe I would make the final team. I hoped I would get some useful drills and skills to bring back to my league and the greater derby community in WA.” Molloy said of her selection.

“I am proud as punch to be representing my league and my state in the green and gold in Manchester. I could not have gotten to this point without the massive support from my friends, family, derby league and the wider derby community. My place on this team belongs to all of us.”

Roller Derby is a full contact sport played on roller skates. It began its modern revival in the early 2000’s in Texas, as an all-female, woman-organized amateur sport. It has spread to many countries and is believed to currently be the fastest growing sport.

Perth Roller Derby (PRD) is the original WA league and was formed in 2008. PRD is currently ranked 7th in Australia and 112th in the world. This year the league will celebrate it’s 10th birthday.

PRD is now open to new skaters, otherwise known as Fresh Meat. The Fresh Meat intake starts February 12th, with an Open Day on February 6th and Registration on February 8th.

The national squad needs some help to get to the tournament, head across to their GoFundMe Page and show a little love.

The Roller Derby World Cup takes place in Manchester UK, February 1-4 2018.

Source: Media Release


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