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.
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