Back in the days when roller derby leagues first started in Victoria, a lot of these leagues were women only, giving very little opportunities for male identifying people to play the sport. They were only allowed to officiate as a referee or a non-skating official.
Identifying that there was a gap in the sport, our founding members Chops and Exy decided to start their own roller derby league in the south east of Melbourne, that provided opportunities for everyone regardless of their gender, sexual orientation and abilities.
In 2013, Kingston City Rollers was born. An inclusive, open gender roller derby league, that welcomes everyone, supports each persons’ roller derby journey, and creates a safe, family, and community environment for all.
Our league is fueled by volunteers, who dedicate their time to supporting the league and the overall sport, and the diversity in our skaters range from 18 years old to 50 years young, mothers, corporate professionals, teachers, students and anything in between. Along with playing, there are opportunities to be a referee, a non-skating official, a committee member and/or just a social member.
Regardless of what your roller derby journey is, our league has programs to cater for these, including our Skate 101 program, for those new to skating or wanting to do a refresh of basic skating skills, our Rookies program for those new to derby, and our Learn to Officiate program, for members who want to become a referee and/or non-skating official.
- Created and ran Australia’s largest annual open gender roller derby tournament – The United Roller Derby Playoffs (URDP) from 2015
- Created and run Australia’s first ever annual three-day, open gender roller derby bootcamp – Camp Skate from 2015
- The only league in Australia to own and operate a fully systemised bout scoring control system
- We care for people, families and communities
- We build connections with the communities we operate in and interact with, both within and outside of Derby
- We take the opportunity to give back to create stronger and more connected communities
- We benefit the people and communities in which we operate within
- We value community development and partnerships
- We are accepting of people’s diversity, equality and worth
- We are considerate of people’s rights and feelings
- We are willing to learn and generously share knowledge, expertise and skills
- We are encouraging of people’s growth and development
- We are appreciative of volunteer, members and official’s commitments
- We listen and communicate honesty and clearly and with courtesy
- We work in partnership with people and organisations to find the best approach
- We challenge the status quo of how things are being done
- We use motivation and drive to challenge each other to develop and grow and to perform to the best of our potential
- We seek innovative solutions in an effort to improve how things are done
- We are open to doing things differently
- We are constantly learning and recognise that mistakes are part of growth and learning
- We are inclusive and welcome people’s input and involvement
- We are caring, encouraging and supportive
- We help each other and seek and find opportunities for people’s input and involvement
- We value friendship and fun
- We encourage team work
- We build trust through communication, experiences and teamwork
- We find opportunities to grow our family and welcome people in
- We are accountable to each other
- We actively contribute and are proud that KCR is a great club with a warm and welcoming environment
- We build connection, a sense of belonging and enjoy spending time together