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
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
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