March WARDian of the Month: Marie Fury

How did you first hear about roller derby?

I had been vaguely following roller derby in Perth and thought it looked super fun, then forgot all about it until a friend came across a WARD flyer at uni and sent it to me. I’d always enjoyed skating but never got past learning how to move forwards and thought this was the perfect opportunity to learn other things too, like stopping!

What is something that you know about roller derby now that you wish you knew when you first started?

Not everyone’s progress is linear – you’ll have setbacks and time off and something will all of a sudden be the hardest thing ever even when you were fine with it the week before. You’ll get there eventually and in the meantime, training can still be fun.

What is the roller derby goal you are working towards right now?

Being able to play in my first home game!

What do you do to keep your derby brain switched on?

Attending training as much as possible, asking questions about different rules, NSOing when I can – you think you know NSO positions and rules and then things happen that just show there’s always more to learn! I really enjoy moments like that, even if they’re hard it’s still great being able to understand more of the game.

What keeps you enthused about roller derby?

Just throwing myself into it, even when I feel like I’m too tired or it’s too much effort as I never regret showing up.

What do you love about derby?

I love the challenge of it, learning new things and then having that lightbulb moment. I also love how supportive everyone is, we’re all there to do fun things on skates and we all just want to do what we can to help each other out.

Who do you nominate as our next WARDian of the Month?

Dr Megan, for all her hard work learning multiple NSO positions and also training new NSOs, and Amber, for everything she’s doing to improve WARD’s risk and safety practices.