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Featured Skater - Team Australia's Beth Adder

As a part of our support of Team Australia, we will be featuring one of the team's skaters each Friday. This week we speak with Beth Adder from Sun State Roller Girls.

Derby Name
Beth Adder

Derby Number


Sun State Roller Girls


How did you get into derby and how long have you been playing?
I didn't know the sport existed until I saw the ad for the movie Whip It. Thinking I'd have no luck in finding a team at the time I googled to see if there was a league in my city, Cairns at the time, and thankfully found there was one that had recently formed! I joined that Sunday in March of 2010 as it was a fresh meat intake; I didn't even have to wait!

Highlight of your derby career?
It'd have to be making the national squad.

What is your personal derby goal?
I plan to stay involved with derby in whatever capacity for as long as possible. Whether it be skating for the national team or officiating or benching down the track I'd like to stay part of it.

Who is your Derby Idol?
There's many but if I had to pick one it would be Smarty Pants because she is clever! Smarty is also very talented and continues to work hard at improving her own skating which I admire greatly.

What is the best piece of advice you could give to an up and coming derby player?
Just keep skating. If you get knocked down get up again ...and skate. If you want to get better at skating - skate. If you ever get injured, recover, and then skate again.

Something interesting about you on a personal level?
I'm a Zoologist. I got first class honours and have a paper published on venom toxicology of the big no jellyfish.
I'm also into creative arts having been involved in drama and plays most of my life as well as playing piano (at a basic level).

A huge thanks to Roaringstorm Photography for use of this photo. For more photos by Roaringstorm, click here.

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