October WARDian of the Month: Kat Scratch!

How did you first hear about roller derby?

My Husband knows Ruby Bruiseday through work and he showed me the info session on FB she had shared. Finding a hobby or sport was something I had wanted to do for years but I just couldn’t find the right fit and I didnt have the confidence to get involved in something new.

When I  attended I felt nervous but excited by the weird world of derby. Who knew it would be the start of something amazing,where I would not only ignite a fire within that I didn’t even know existed for physical activity but make life long friends along the way.

Kat Scratch as a Non-Skating Official. Photo Credit: Pants Eye View

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

Everyone learns and progresses at different stages.  When it comes to developing your own derby skills and mastering techniques everyone is running their own race so be kind and patient to yourself it’s all part of your derby journey.

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

At the moment I’m being patient, taking in strategy and derby theory but also supporting others in the league as much as I can.

Come January I’ll be whipping my post baby bod back into shape! I plan on working very hard to  smash out level 2 and join my pals in level 3. I am also really looking forward to reuniting with my derby wife Rumby!

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

Always ask questions!  I am always keen and curious to learn more and I do this through asking questions and engaging with all the different people of derby world.  Since being pregnant I have enjoyed learning a lot more of the NSO roles and responsibilities. Not being on skates I am able to listen and observe more which has been really beneficial to my derby brain.

Who in WARD is inspiring you at the moment?

Whoa, this is tough to answer. I am always in awe and admiration of the higher level skaters obviously what they do is where I dream to be someday. But watching the level 1’s and 2’s I love seing them hungry and driven. They have this grit, determination and resilience that is truly motivating. As the weeks go by they push themselves and achieve things that continue to inspire me.

What keeps you enthused about roller derby?

See above. It’s the people! Second it’s easy to stay enthused about derby when its so damn additive. Definitely crazy to think this gal could get excited about wheels, walls and wristguards, but it’s a thing.

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

Always Rumby haha! Call me bias, I know. She is determined, committed and hardworking always pushing herself to achieve her derby goals. A thoughtful, friendly and knowledgeable league member who leads by example and continues to keep us safe and accountable in her Subco role. I wouldn’t be the league member I am today without her in my life.