Retired roller girl critcises modern day roller derby
A retired roller derby skater has criticised the modern day game, saying the roller girls of today are “insulting.” Mary Youpelle, 91, who left school at 16 to become a professional roller derby player, has said today’s roller girls do not take the sport seriously. “They don’t put the effort into skating, they’re not proud of what they’re doing, they just think they’re having fun,” she said.
Mary joined a roller derby derby team in 1937 in St Louis and stopped in 1958 as a result of marriage and children. During her time as a roller girl the sport drew huge crowds, “we were very close to getting in the Olympics,” she said. But Mary does not believe today’s game will reach that calibre as the girls see it as more of a hobby than a sport. “A lot of them are overweight, you can’t be an athlete and be overweight. I don’t give them credit at all,” she said.
Click below to listen to the interview with Mary about her views on today’s roller girls. Apologies for the poor sound quality, but it is worth a listen to hear her opinion on the 21st Century game.
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