I am very proud to be selected to represent Australia at the second edition of the World Roller Games in Barcelona in July 2019 as part of the Woman's Roller Derby team. This selection is a huge honour and I can't wait to wear the green and gold for Australia.
I started Derby late in 2014 and was just getting started when Darwin Roller Girls (DRG) took their season break. I kept up my fitness during the break and came back strong in 2015, not only being selected to DRGs home team but also to DRGs travel team Darwin Revolution to play my first tournament in June 2015, Northern Tropical Thunder which is held biannually in Townsville. At that tournament the Darwin Revolution took out 2nd place, winning 5 games, drawing 1 and then unfortunately losing to the Reef City Roller Girls from Cairns.
During the 2015 Darwin Home Season I played in 5 games and was awarded Most Valuable Player twice. 2015 also brought Perth Mens Derby and West Australia Roller Derby to Darwin to play. I played in all games with both teams of visitors with Perth being mixed gender.
Then in 2016 I took on the enormous role of Head Coach for DRG, wanting to give back to the league that had helped me to find a sport I love.
I also took a dual role as a skater and coach for Darwin Revolution, leading them towards their first ever win at the Great Southern Slam in Adelaide, which includes 45 teams from all over Australia and New Zealand competing in 2 divisions and was held in June of that year. 2016 also saw me become Darwin’s first Nationally Accredited Level 1 Roller Derby Coach through Skate Australia, as recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport. After completing the course I also began the lengthy process of redrafting the DRGs training levels to better enable the trainers and skaters as they progress through to playing.
Along with coaching the Darwin Revolution I have also assisted DRGs sister league the Gentleman Rollers of Darwin as a player and a leader. The TerrorTaurens, which is a mixed gender team, were able to hold a mini co-ed tournament in September of 2016. I organised 2 leagues to travel up to participate, the Kingston City Rollers from Melbourne and Light City Derby from Adelaide which saw all teams play each other in a round robin event gaining the team and all local players involved invaluable experience. After seeing me play in Darwin the Kingston City Rollers invited me to play for them, first in Melbourne and then in Perth, with us taking out the win against Perth Roller Derby with myself and 1 other player being the only point scorers.
After taking a break in 2017 to become a Mum I have aimed to come back strong and try a different area of Roller Derby, selection to the Skate Australia Team to play at the 2019 World Roller Games is an amazing opportunity and I am very excited and so amazed at being given this opportunity.
Give 'em hell in Barcelona, Maddii!
Hey Madi, sorry I couldn't make it to your trivia fundraiser - I'm sure it was super! Hope the fundraising is coming along. All the best for the roller games, you'll be awesome! and it's so awesome to have you in Darwin with DRG.
All the best Maddie !!
Good luck x
We are super proud of you making the Australian team. Have an awesome time in Barcelona! Good luck xxx The Moore Family
What a great achievement , Good luck in Spain Fiona and Scott
Go Maddy! SalnBen
Madeleine, you have shown how dedicated you are. Good luck! You're a winner either way!