Roller Derby Skater – Leslie Jenkins

Roller Derby Skater - Leslie JenkinsDerby Name:
Leslie Jenkins

Derby Team:
Charlotte Speed Demons

University Research Administrator

How long have you been skating?
28 years

Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I’m from a family of skaters. At two years of age, my love of skating was born when my mom taught my brothers and me how to skate. My brothers and I speed skated competitively and my younger brother now aggressive skates. I’ve continued skating as an adult, mostly recreationally and outside. When my friend saw a recruiting poster at her yoga studio, she immediately thought of me. My husband encouraged me to look into it. After that first day of watching a practice, I was hooked.

How often do you practice?
Our team practices three times a week. I also enjoy hiking and doing other active things to stay in shape for derby.

What Pads do you use?
Smith Scabs pads

What Helmet do you use?
Pro-Tec B2 Skate XSP Helmet

What skates do you use?
Riedell 965 boot, Reactor plate. Lately, I practice in either Atom Poison Slims or Stinger Slims, depending on the surface. My wheel of choice for games right now is Roller Bone’s Turbos.

What were your first pair of skates?
My very first pair of skates was the orange, plastic, adjustable skates with a blue strap and blue wheels.

Where did your nick name come from?
N/A-We skate under our legal names

What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
I get to skate all the time and hang out with people who share that love.

Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Take your time in choosing a skate. Try on every pair that your local roller rink has in stock. If your teammates allow, try out their skates too. I did the same thing before buying gear (with the exception of mouth guard, of course). Your gear is incredibly important to keeping you safe. Remember this is one of the 10 most extreme sports, according to So, don’t skimp on gear. Take care of your skates and gear your teammates will appreciate you for this. It’s important not to be the stinky kid on the track. They’ll also appreciate you for not getting called off the track during a jam because a wheel or toe stop fell off. Know the rules, be respectful during practice, and always have a derby goal for continued growth.

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