WTF (women, trans and femme) bike polo players gather with their bikes and mallet before a WTF event. Courtesy of Shelley Smith.
From the Outside Looking In
By Hannah Fullmer
Finding new players for a niche sport like bike polo can be difficult. Players might try it out for a day, but they don’t always stick around. Rose is ready to give it a go and veteran polo player Shelley offers to teach her. The club aspires to be a welcoming space for all players, but breaking into a tight-knit group is never easy.
Thanks to the NYC Bike Polo Club for their help.