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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July WARDian of the Month: Cammie

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Please congratulate Cammie aka Dash for being July’s WARDian of the Month! Cammie has such a passion for roller derby, is an amazing skater and also a fantastic coach! She is supportive to skaters at all levels and will take the time to answer any derby questions or to show how to nail that drill.

Cammie is a valuable member of the WARDs of the Skate (WoTS) and Electric Screams. She is an extraordinary blocker and simply brilliant at offence (has a killer hip swipe that we all want to learn!)

Cammie also is completely dedicated to coaching the Top 30 and works so hard on coaching plans to help the teams continue to grow and develop. She has continuously worked on empowering the WOTS to get to be a stronger, more confident team and has really improved the skills within the team.

Thank you Cammie for putting so much into our league, it is most definitely appreciated.

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June WARDian of the Month: Cinnamon

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Team Flamingo? Team Zebra? Porque-no-los-dos? Indeed, why not both!
June WARDian of the Month goes Cinnamon Skrull, who is part of both Team Zebra and Team Flamingo. Is that a Zebringo?

Cinnamon has just returned from her first interstate roller derby competition, where she proudly represented WARD as a referee. Even though she said she was a little daunted by the more experienced referees, she learned so much from them all over the weekend.

Cinnamon is currently our Volunteer Coordinator, which can be challenging at times, likened to herding cats!

I have also heard she makes an awesome one woman cheerleading support crew at assessments!!

Keep up the great work Cinnamon.

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