May WARDian of the Month: Tiny Dancer

Tiny

How did you first get into roller derby?

My friend Snappa told me about it! We went and watched a bout at Midvale speed dome and were intrigued. I remember her asking me, ‘do you think we could do that?!” She started first and was having so much fun with it and kept badgering me to come down and try it. Back then you could just turn up and start on the night so I took the plunge and never looked back.

Tiny

Photo by Pants Eye View

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

That it’s just as much a mental game as a physical one. The mental side has always been much harder for me. The strategy doesn’t come naturally to me, I have to really work on it. The self-doubt is super tough. It’s easy to think about everything you can’t do that well or didn’t do well in a game rather than celebrate your successes, no matter how small.

That it would gift me some amazing, strong, inspiring, beautiful people that I know I will have in my life forever.

And that a 4 digit number is just too long!

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

To do well in Queensland at Royal Rumble in a couple of weeks. I want our team to be as successful as we can be.

This will be the first time I am communicating on track to my pod and I want to be clear, concise and remember to use my bedroom voice!

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

Watch footage! I watch so much footage. I have watched some games 20 times or more. I will watch one player for the whole game. Then watch the same game but watch another player and so on.

I also watch my team mates. I learn heaps by seeing how they skate and how they play. I also tell my level 1’s that I see everything! Ha ha I am always watching….

Who in WARD is inspiring you at the moment?

Beers – her juggle of study, work, family, driving the WARD ship, and her coaching not only Top 30 but also level 2 and 3 – it’s inspiring and very much appreciated.

All the mums – I know how hard the juggle is sometimes just to get to training so I take my hat off to you!

Photo by Pants Eye View

Photo by Pants Eye View

What keeps you enthused about roller derby?

Seeing skaters in all levels succeeding. Whether it be because they mastered a banana hit, caught the jammer, passed their assessment or finally learned how to plow.

I get such a kick out of seeing people feel proud of themselves.

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

Ash – she has thrown herself into everything – including training – since arriving at WARD. She is an asset to our league.

Violet – she has taken over the role of Risk and Safety and done it like it’s never been done before.