Helen Pye aka “Hot Mama”, of Ashby, loves to roller derby and was one of the Valley participants in the Clash of the Tartans.
Helen Pye aka “Hot Mama”, of Ashby, loves to roller derby and was one of the Valley participants in the Clash of the Tartans. Debrah Novak

Hot Mama rolling in the fast lane

FISH-NET stockings, no social barriers and being able to dress up and exercise is what prompted 65-year-old Helen Pye to join the Clarence Valley Roller Derby Club last October.

“It’s a great night out in Yamba on a Friday night and all the girls who do it are so fabulous and supportive,” she said.

“I love the thrill of being out there with them, using my body and mixing with a variety of women who are so accepting of someone who is older.

“I am fortunate my husband is also very supportive of my passion for roller derby and shopping.

“I started skating between the ages of seven and 14 and now it is just a fantastic way to keep me fit. Roller derby is a laugh a minute and getting dressed up is part of the appeal too,” Helen said.

Helen and her other Clarence Valley roller derby team-mates showcased their talents in an exhibition on Saturday night in front of a crowd of about 500 people.



Suspicious fire in Grafton's CBD

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Fire and Rescue label fire near train tracks as suspicious

More firefighters on scene as blaze burns out of control

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FIRE UPDATE: Four out of control fires in the Valley

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