Deadly Divas — on wheels

Aj McHeavey and Claire Kelly
Aj McHeavey and Claire Kelly

A SOUTHSIDE woman is looking for daring skaters to take up a challenge.

Aj Heavey, from Barrhead, is hoping to start up a Roller Derby team and she’s on the look-out for go-getting roller skaters to join her Deadly Divas Roller Derby.

Although roller derby has been around since the 1940s, it has taken off in a big way recently and Aj says it “is the fastest-growing sport in the world” at present with “something in the region of 80 teams” around the country and “more popping up all the time”.

Aj told The Extra: “I’ve always loved the idea of playing roller derby, but didn’t know it was in the UK until last year when a friend told me about the Glasgow Roller Girls (based in the westend).

“I live in Barrhead and found travelling to the westend every week difficult, so I decided to try and start a league in the southside”.

Aj is recruiting likely candidates to join the team and is holding a meeting in The Corona bar in Shawlands at 7pm on September 30 to give out information.

And the incipient squad already has a venue lined up for both training and playing.

Aj told us: “Our training will be in the Maccabi centre based in Giffnock.

“We’re hoping to play our games – bouts, as they are known in derby – there too.

“We tried many venues but were given an instant “no” as many people remember the roller derby of the 70s and not the new take on the sport.

“We’re currently recruiting for more people to join our team.

“The team, itself, will be female-only but men are welcome to join us as officials.

“The league is very much in its infancy, but we are working hard to get it up and running as soon as possible with our first training day on October 6”.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a member of the Deadly Divas Roller Derby, head along to the Corona for the meeting.

You don’t need to be a brilliant skater as training will be given.