Six skaters from Edinburgh’s top roller derby league, The Auld Reekie Roller Girls have been drafted as part of Team Scotland. The six women will now join skaters from all over Scotland for an intensive training programme ahead of the 2017 Roller Derby World Cup.
Collie Check, Yin and Bang, Jess Little, Crazylegs, Rosie Peacock and Sharlotte Paterson all fought through intense try outs and an extremely competitive national selection process to secure a place on the Scottish Training Squad.
Edinburgh will be strongly represented in the national squad and the Auld Reekie drafted skaters will bring a mix of seasoned experience and fresh ferocity, Crazylegs captained the Scottish Team at both the 2011 and 2014 World Cups, Yin and Bang skated in the 2014 World Cup and it’s the first time for Peacock, Patterson, Collie Check and Little.
On making the squad the skaters had this to say:
Collie Check – “I’m looking forward to working my hardest with the group of talented, determined and hardworking skaters that make up the Team Scotland Training Squad. It’s a great opportunity to push yourself to the furthest surrounded by other inspiring, and perspiring women.”
Sharlotte Patterson – “I’m so excited to have been given this opportunity and can’t wait to get training with the squad.”
Crazylegs – “So pleased to make the cut again! I’m excited by the potential of this new national team training squad; I can’t wait to start training hard and get to know everyone a little better and to see what we can bring.”
Yin and Bang – “I am so excited, I’m honoured and proud that I could be representing team Scotland at the World Cup.”
The Edinburgh skaters will now join the National Training Squad to undertake a gruelling training programme, as the squad work tirelessly to prepare and gel as a team ahead of the 2017 Roller Derby World Cup. The six women, who all skate as part of the Auld Reekie Roller Girls’s All Star Team will have little time to celebrate their achievement as they prepare to take on fierce rivals, Glasgow Roller Derby on the 6th August. The Edinburgh team will have the home advantage as the game will be held in Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Stadium as part of the Festival Fringe. Click here for tickets!