About the project

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for visiting my fundraiser page!

My name is Joanne Thompson, but most people in the roller derby community know me as Punky Bruiser.

As most of my family & friends would know, I am kind of obsessed with this sport called Roller Derby. There is something special about roller derby & the community I am apart of. This sport brings the best out of people and I love how inclusive it is and how much support and encouragement you receive on and off the track. Most of all, it is just a hell of a lot of fun!

From the day I started, I have never looked back. It was not an easy journey at the beginning as I had to learn how to skate first but I have never given up. In fact, I can’t think of any other aspect in my life where I have put in so much effort and dedication into something. During my roller derby journey, I have always been very goal driven and have put a lot of hard work and determination into what I do and I am so proud of my achievements to date. My husband is my number one fan and supporter and after a year of watching how much fun I was having, he decided to join roller derby too. I am so proud of the hard work & determination he has also put into roller derby and I love the support we give each other. We often joke with each other about of how we only really go to work each day to support our derby commitments & dreams.

At the beginning of the year, we both put in our applications to try out for the World Skate Australia Roller Derby Teams and I am so excited & proud to announce the we have both been selected to represent Australia in the World Roller Games in Barcelona this year in July. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would be lucky enough to have the opportunity to represent Australia in the sport I love, let alone having the opportunity to share this dream with my husband.

The Skate Australia Men & Women's Roller Derby Teams do not receive any government grants, funding or sponsorship which means all athletes are completely self funded. And as you can imagine, the costs associated with this are very high. 

Any and all donations will make a massive difference, so if you, or someone you know, are able to donate, sponsor, or support me along this journey in any way I will be forever grateful! 

Please note that all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible

Thank you kindly for your support.

  • Kim Johnstone

    Good luck!

  • Penina Thompson

    Love your story! Enjoy your time in Barcelona beautiful :)


    Hi Jo, how exciting and what an opportunity. Have a great time, go hard do the Aussies proud and enjoy Barcelona.

  • Rachael Sheppard

    Congratulations again and Good luck!!!

  • Michael Vaughan

    We are so proud of you both hope the trip will be fantastic And you both have a great time. Your true Aussies and we know you will give it your all AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI

  • Michael Hamilton

    Best of luck Jo-Jo and Dylan!

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