2017 April - Brie

April WARDian of the Month: Brie

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How did you get into derby?

Saw an ad for freshmeat info night on FB group Shorty had posted, I pestered her a bit to get info and came along.

What do you get out of derby?

Sense of belonging, friends, bit of fitness.

What has been the highlight of your skating career so far?

Getting out of Freshmeat 😉

Most embarrassing moment?2017 April - Brie

So far I don’t think I have one.  Others may dispute that.

Do you have any training tips?

Not really, I’m still learning it all and absorbing.

What are your derby aspirations?

To skate in a bout at home game.

Who would you nominate as next WARDian of the Month?

Kat Taylor (Mutant of Desire).

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March WARDian of the Month: Tie-Knee

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What got you interested in roller derby?

I used to skate artistically so I had grown up skating competitively. But other than a general session now and then with Deano I had pretty much hung up my skates from when I was 16 years old. It was actually Snappa that started derby and told me I should try it. I loved having skates on my feet so I thought I would give it a try. I honestly didn’t really know what I was signing up for.

What’s your proudest moment since becoming a WARDian?

Taking home first place with my team, the Wots, at Royal Rumble in Brisbane last year.

tie-knee_preboutWhat’s your biggest challenge right now?

Not being able to skate as I have a broken toe. It’s only my pinkie toe so I am really annoyed it’s keeping me from skating. I am getting a bit stroppy now not being able to put my skates on. The family / derby juggle is also challenging but I am doing the best I can with that.

What brand of skates do you have?

I skate in my artistic boots! They used to be my skating partners skates 30 years ago. I love them even though they are ancient and are like having bricks on my feet. I have no desire to get new skates anytime soon.

What do you do off skates for fitness?

I worked out with Ralphie Wednesday mornings until I picked up an extra days work. So for now that’s on hold. But when work quietens down I will return to Ralph to be tortured. She can vouch for how much I hate abs! Being a mum keeps me running around all day every day – I never sit down. I randomly do push ups – I love push ups.

Do you have an ultimate roller derby goal?

Not one goal. More mini goals I think. I want to understand strategy more. Pack manipulation. Point protection. Goat parties!

 

What is your favourite roller derby name in the world?

Swish Cariboom….Who can resist not saying Swish Cariboooooooooooooom!

What is your favourite part of training?

Mexican afterwards – KIDDING, kinda! I love it when you get to the end of the night and you really feel like you had a great session. When the things you were trying to work on came together. When you feel successful and strong and things just ‘clicked’….When you can honestly say ‘well tonight, I wasn’t rubbish!’

What is your least favourite part of training?

When we are doing jammer drills and we have to hit a wall at speed. It terrifies me…more than jamming itself! Lucky for me it doesn’t come around too often as we have real live jammers to do that now and I can concentrate on being a blocker – yay!

What extra stuff would we find in your gear bag?

Being Head of Assessments I always have assessment sheets on me. I coach level 1 or 2 pretty much every week so there’s always a coaching plan lying about. And plenty of fresh shirts and socks.

Featured image credit: Matthew Boggs

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February WARDian of the Month: Hermione Danger

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What got you interested in roller derby?

Some of my really cool colleagues were talking about watching a roller derby bout – I’d never seen one but it sounded so awesome and fun! So I dragged a couple of friends along with me to watch a game and just spent the entire time thinking “I *need* to do this!”. I went out and brought a pair of skates and practiced in them until I wasn’t embarrassed by the idea of people seeing me skate, and then headed off to WARDs Fresh Meat intake!

Photo credit: Hermione Danger

Photo credit: Hermione Danger

What’s your proudest moment since becoming a WARDian?

Finally conquering the cones. Jumping over the cones was a huge mental block for me; I was terrified of them! All my friends were so supportive though and encouraged me to keep trying and put up with me when I was feeling frustrated and sorry for myself. The day that I finally went over them was simply huge for my confidence! Jumping is still not my most favourite thing, but now I know that if I keep trying, I can conquer my fears!

What’s your biggest challenge right now?

I have an assortment of chronic injuries and illnesses, so my biggest challenge currently is working out ways to train and learn new skills without putting my health at risk. I had to take a couple of months off-skates due to an ongoing foot injury a while ago and I don’t want to have to do that again! 

What do you do off skates for fitness?

I do reformer pilates to build my core strength, improve hip flexibility, and fix up my anterior pelvic tilt. I also fence socially (the epee kind, not the building of fences kind!), which is great because it involves a lot of explosive start/stop movements and encourages fast reflexes! I also do the gym thing; I like to weight lift and use the elliptical for cardio.

What brand of skates do you have?

I wear Riedell R3s with Reckless XE Ikon wheels.

Do you have an ultimate roller derby goal?

I have lots of goals, but I don’t know if any of them are the ultimate one! Right now, I want to improve my refereeing skills so that I can ref a public bout, make the 27/5, and jump over the 6 inch cones!

Photo credit: Violence Baudelaire

What is your favourite roller derby name in the world?

Oh my gosh – there are so many! I think Princess Slaya is my favourite though – I love the juxtaposition of the delicate stereotypes of Princess contrasted with the toughness of Slaya!

What is your favourite part of training?

That feeling when you get to the end of the session and you have survived, tried something new, and made yourself a little bit proud.

What is your least favourite part of training?

Ohhhh, hitting paceline for sure! It combines the sore legs and back of endurance, the breathlessness of speed, the sheer terror of knowing everyone is going to hit you, and the confusion and frustration of trying to hit them! On the other hand, one definitely can’t say it’s boring!

Photo credit: May

Photo credit: May

What extra stuff would we find in your gear bag?

A variety of skate tools, extra laces, deep heat cream, a first aid cheat book, my diabetic emergency kit, a spare mouth guard, and a couple of whistles. It’s always good to be prepared!

Featured image photo credit: Violence Baudelaire

Carnosaurus, WARDian January 2017

January WARDian of the Month: Carno

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How did you get into derby?

I googled unique sports in Perth and Derby came up top of the list. I got exactly what I googled.

What do you get out of derby?

A permanent scar on my behind!!! Drive, determination, friends, laughter and so much more. I enjoy being around a great bunch of people who are like minded.

Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

What has been the highlight of your skating career so far?

Playing with the AwkWards, When Lorrae praised my blocking skills, Getting MVP blocker as a Doom, WW MVP blocker and home season most improved Blocker all in 2016. Skating with the WayWards against PRD Bs and bringing the point differential down. So many highlights and hoping for many more.

Most embarrassing moment?

Writing this!!!! I’m my worst critic so writing about myself doesn’t come naturally.

Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

Do you have any training tips?

Get to training!! And have a positive can do attitude whilst there. Pick that person that you always avoid because you don’t like their skating style. Then learn to skate with them, you are never going to get the perfect opposition team so get that practice in now and be the stronger person.

What are your derby aspirations?

To be an effective Pivot. Everyone remembers when Modern Warfare took the first points for the WOTS against VRDL!!! THAT PIVOT………

Who would you nominate as next WARDian of the Month?

Every coach, every person I have skated with and every future coach and skaters- teach me all the Derby things!!!!

 

Featured Photo Credit:  Matthew Boggs.

 

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December WARDian of the Month: BexPloitation

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How did you get into derby?

I got into derby quite a few years ago now (back when there were major and minor penalties) when I was looking for a bunch of likeminded cool people in a new town in far north QLD; I saw a poster for fresh meat and have not looked back since.

Photo Credit: Peter Chan

Photo Credit: Peter Chan

What do you get out of derby?

Derby provides me with an avenue to let go of all my worries, when I am training or bouting, that is where all my focus is and everything else melts away. I have met some of the best people through derby, built comraderies and made solid, lifelong friendships that would not have come into fruition otherwise. Derby has allowed me to travel with a group of awesome people and become happy and content with my body, focusing on the good rather than the bad.

What has been the highlight of your skating career so far?

The highlight of my derby career has been to travel with the team that I have trained so hard alongside but from the sidelines, I also LOVED watching our WOTS skaters go up against VRDL this year, which reminded me to not get shaken by the teams we go up against but instead focus on our playing how we train.

Most embarrassing moment?

There are so many, I don’t even know where to begin… but suffice to say there have been a number of moments that I have tripped over my own skates with no one else around me to share the moment. It is moments like this when you realise that having the ability to laugh at yourself is invaluable.  

Photo Credit: Adrian Slee

Photo Credit: Adrian Slee

Do you have any training tips?

The best training tip I can give to others is to go to training even when you don’t feel like going, don’t talk yourself out of it as these are often the best sessions that you get the most out of. Do yourself the honour of trying new things, extending yourself beyond your comfort zone and reflect on how far you have come rather than focusing on what you are still yet to achieve. It can be challenging to see your own improvement so ask for feedback and most importantly, don’t compare yourself to others, your journey is yours alone.

What are your derby aspirations?

To continue to represent WARD as a travel team skater hopefully in interstate games, and to continue to develop upon the cohesive, inclusive league environment that WARD has to offer.

Who would you nominate as next WARDian of the Month?

Narrowing it down to one person is not easy… it takes a village to make the league run as seamlessly as it does. In saying this, Crash is an integral part in the well-oiled machine that is WARD so I would like to nominate her.

Featured Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

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November WARDian of the Month: Boulder Over

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“For me, roller derby is like an epic journey. You start off determined and focused, maybe get a bit sidetracked and follow something shiny, pick up friends along the way, walk faster, walk slower – but never lose sight of your goal.

I started my journey a few years ago, totally new to roller skating. I fell many times in the first five minutes, but went home determined (and bruised!) to nail this skating thing. I’ve never passed fresh meat training – problems always seem to get in my way, whether it be mental, financial or physical. The wonderful friends I’ve picked up along the way have helped me through everything, and got me back on skates. 

Being a non-skating official is the shiny thing that’s occupied much of myboulder_wives time – learning, teaching, travelling, becoming certified – it’s made my derby journey that much more awesome and fulfilling. I’ve gained a Best Wife and Favourite Wife. I’ve travelled to various parts of Australia with derby. I hope to become a Level 3 NSO, an Atomic Siren, a strong blocker, and understand the strategy behind this amazing game.

I’m so honoured to be WARDian of the Month – there are so many hard-working, dedicated people in this league – I’m in awe that I was considered to be one of them.”

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October WARDian of the Month: Hella Highwater

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This October WARDian of the month is a formidable blocker on the track but this month, Hella is being recognised for so much more than this! Hella is an amazing teammate to those who are lucky enough to have skated with her and is a wealth of knowledge that is of benefit to freshies and team skaters alike. She has recently expanded her portfolio to include the role of top 30 teams co-ordinator and has gone from strength to strength in this position. Hella has been a vital member of the top 30 this year and continues to be an integral member in her home team, Sonic Dooms. Hella has committed time and energy to assist in the continued growth of WARD and derby in WA overall.

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September WARDian of the Month: Domina Morphine

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How can you not love September’s WARDian of the Month. She is fun, energetic, extremely motivated and super encouraging.

Let’s give it up for Domina Morphine!

Dom, unfortunately broke her ankle back in May, however, remains one of the most positive WARDians. While being off skates Dom continues to help the league by benching and also taking on a committee role.

She took over the role of Bouting & Events Manager, one of the most important committee roles in WARD, and in the words of a fellow WARDian, ‘super-charged it’. Dom has organised new stalls for the upcoming home games, secured a rad new after-party venue and established new partnerships to lift the exposure of WARD. Her enthusiasm is amazing.

Thank you Dom, you are a breath of fresh air and a fantastic role model.

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August WARDian of the Month: Rina Machina

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This WARDian of the Month is determination on 8 wheels! Rina Machina (previous Ocarina of Crime) continues to go from strength to strength within our league. She is such a determined and persistent Jammer, a fabulous and knowledgeable NSO and very much the humble sportswoman we all love. As Rina has been WARDian of the Month previously and already answered the usual questions, I asked her write a bit about her derby journey. Well done Rina, you are an amazing WARDian.

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