Stockholm Roller Derby is always trying to gain exposure, and to try and get 'into' sports groups. If STRD was to be acknowledged by the city as a sport then we would have support for venues, and for hopefully a venue within Stockholm. 'Within' Stockholm in most peoples minds equals within 'zone 1' of a train ticket.
Most of the time STRD practices and competes outside of the inner zone, out to where you have to take a second train- the 'commuter' train or the pendletåg. Roller Derby could pull a much larger audience, and get more skaters to practice if we were centralized.
Trying to get leagues established, and trying to get Roller Derby recognized as a true sport is how I find myself ins situation that are so strange to my life, and so discordant to my history. STRD was part of an opening ceremony in the Olympic stadium- which was honoring the hundred year anniversary of the 1912 Olympic games held here in Stockholm.
The King and Queen came around the track in a horse and carriage (!) after we skated around with the segueway polo group (polo played on segueways- but who am I to point fingers?).
I and another skater who comes from Finland were the only ones in the group excited to see the King and Queen.
My goal this year is to see a pine martin.
Apparently many pine martins live in a park- nearby- that I can get to by traveling on the pendletåg.