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November WARDian of the Month: Carno

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November WARDian of the month

What’s your proudest moment since becoming a WARDian?

2017!!! This year has been amazing and such a confidence boost. From being a Doom again and not only getting MVP blocker twice but also an MVP Jammer to joining the WayWards on multiple journeys and for the last game being MVP blocker. Then there was the AMAZING weekend where I got to join the wonderful WOTS at Royal Rumble, OMG I actually did that!!! Then finally to top it off I got to play as a WOTS in WA.. #Boom

What’s your biggest challenge right now?

Head of coaching… I have so many ideas to help develop the league but there isn’t enough hours in the day.

Carno 1

What brand of skates do you have?

Blue Streak Riedell (I had to look this up).

What do you do off skates for fitness?

I’ve taken up yoga this year, so far loving it and still feeling inspired even though it hurts to stretch because I’ve destroyed my body. On top of this I go to the gym, walk and run around after other peoples children.

What is your favourite part of training?

I love training, seeing mine and my team mates improvement over the year is the best. Although every training session feels like a bad one :( Got to stop with those human thoughts.

Carno 3

 What is your least favourite part of training?

Goal setting because I struggle with self belief.

What extra stuff would we find in your gear bag ?

First Aid/ wellness kit for myself and my skates.

Photo Credit:  Matthew Boggs

October WARDian of the Month: Skully Crossbones

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Skully 1What got you interested in roller derby?

I watched Whip It in 2014 and the following day was given a ticket for a Halloween bout at WARD.  I had only been in Australia for about a year and I was looking for something new in my life, something more ‘me’ than Zumba – I used to be a Zumba instructor.  Roller derby looked really interesting – a good mix of speed and toughness.  I tried out for Fresh Meat soon after.

Roller derby has been the most positive thing in my life after my little girl and my husband.  I didn’t find my home league for a while … although it stared at me in the face from day one (OK, day 2).  WARD has enabled me to develop exponentially as a player and as a human.

The biggest lesson so far in derby for me is:

If it feels wrong, it is wrong but it doesn’t mean it’s your fault.
Don’t wait to find happiness; create it.
Don’t wait for an injury to heal; go to the doctor.
And don’t wait for the penalty call; play clean.

What’s your proudest moment since becoming a WARDian?

Proud and humbled to have been asked to play at Boom State Clash by my amazing coaches.  I loved every moment of it and played as well and hard as I could.

What’s your biggest challenge right now?

I have a couple.  The first is in fitness.  I am trying to change my body composition.  And the other one is a confidence thing.  I may not be shy but playing in a public bout always freezes me totally.  I am really working on my public anxiety and will put myself in situations where I can challenge my mental state.  It is super important for my daughter, who has the same issues.  I have to role model confidence in performance without cockiness.

Skully 2What brand of skates do you have?

My plates are Powerdyne Rival, my skate boots are ANTIK AR1 red and black, and my wheels are radar halo, so a total mixed bag.

What do you do off skates for fitness?

I try to hit 11,000 steps a day, I go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week where I do weights (max weight, low reps) and now that the weather is better I will cycle 3 to 4 times a week.

 

Do you have an ultimate roller derby goal?

To make it to Top 30 A team and do another out of states bout.  Who knows?  Maybe skate abroad.

What is your favourite roller derby name in the world?

Bicepsual.

Skully and BambaWhat is your favourite part of training?

I love playing out a drill we have broken down and I get that ah ha moment.

What is your least favourite part of training?

I used to hate 27/5 until I got 30. Then I hated pyramid drills until I kept up.  I guess cooling down is now my nemesis.

What extra stuff would we find in your gear bag?

If I don’t watch it … my cat – he hides in my stinky bag.  Spare knickers … don’t ask.  And three sets of back lights for my bike.

Featured Image:  Matthew Boggs
Photo Credit:  Matthew Boggs

September WARDian of the Month: Cleophracture

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What got you interested in roller derby?

I have an unhealthy obsession with Ellen Page. If I can’t be with her maybe I can be her. Step 1: Babe Ruthless.

Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

What’s your proudest moment since becoming a WARDian?

My first ever bout! The first whistle was the scariest moment of my life. I didn’t get lead Jammer once and was petrified of hitting anyone… but it was still the best night of my life!

What’s your biggest challenge at the moment?

Getting my fitness to a level that can manage a full game of Jamming, ideally as lead Jammer!

What brand of skates do you have?

Bonts with Avenger plates.

Cleo 3

 

What do you do off skates for fitness?

Hiking with my dog and attempting crossfit! Occasionally a bit of CPR.

Do you have an ultimate roller derby goal?

I want to be an epic Jammer, I want to fly around the track, dodge Hella and maybe smash out an apex jump some day. But ultimately I just want to continue to be a part of this incredible league and be happy with my achievements, every day.

 

What is your favourite roller derby name in the world?

Tora Hymenov. I’m sorry, it’s the best.

What is your favourite part of training?

Jammer Club!!! I learn so much during these sessions.

What is your least favourite part of training?

Honestly, the least favourite parts are just that because they are hard… they end up being the best bits when they stop being hard.

What extra stuff would we find in your gear bag?

Bandaids? It’s a small bag…

 

Photo credit:  Matthew Boggs

August WARDian of the Month: Vector

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What got you interested in roller derby?

As my inline hockey friends withered and married, they started believing that the advice about regular exercise no longer applied to them.  I complained to a couple of people at a dinner party about my frustrations about trying to organise “one last game before I threw out my skates”.  One of them was, at the time, a WARD freshie.

After verifying that yes, the rulebook explicitly stated that referees could wear inline skates (9.4.1 at the time, then 8.4.1, then moved to the Officials Dress Code), I turned up and gave it a go. It was my 6th anniversary last week.

What’s your proudest moment since becoming a WARDian?

There are quite a few.  Personally, it was probably being the first WA-based official to pass the WFTDA Certification Referee Rules Test (known around here as “The Test of Doom”), or near-single-handedly (thanks Connie!) organising a very successful (indeed it finished early!) BSC2016.  For Team Zebra, the realisation a couple of years back that we have the strongest officiating crew was another one. For our players, our first major interstate victory at Quad Save The Queen (2015) would have to be it – watching that game was nerve racking.

Photo credit: Matthew Boggs

Photo credit: Matthew Boggs

What’s your biggest challenge right now?

There are a couple – as WA’s biggest league, trying to get to know everyone in WARD – there are so many of us (yay!). The other is to try and work out how to increase the number of dedicated (AND importantly, interested) officials in Western Australia.  By way of example, I’ve just finished consultations regarding the latest BSC roster and we’ve had to cut games and prune structure to fit the limited number of officials available.

What brand of skates do you have?

I wear Seba recreational inline skates with 78A hardness 80mm wheels.  The wheels that came with the skates, basically.  I’m probably due for a new set of skates.  No I’m not planning to change to quad skates :) .

What do you do off skates for fitness?

I’m a member of the gym upstairs at The Rise – I go there a few times a week; I also do clinical Pilates.

Do you have an ultimate roller derby goal?

Refereeing some sort of WFTDA Playoff would be nice.  I also spend a lot of my free time working on ways to increase the level of automation used in derby; some of my ideas getting traction and being used more widely would be cool.

What is your favourite part of training?

Photo credit: Matthew Boggs

Photo credit: Matthew Boggs

Going to Leo’s Pizza afterwards.  Followed closely behind going to McDonalds afterwards.

What is your least favourite part of training?

Gearing up – I wish it was like Centurions (“POWER EXTREME!”) or Iron Man, where you radio your minion or press a button and then all your gear attaches itself to your person magically.

What extra stuff would we find in your gear bag?

Whistles, a set of black and white helmet covers, and my old mouthguard – which I threaten to offer to lend to people who forget to bring theirs to training, and a replacement brake assembly for my skates. I’ve also started carrying a roll of pink track tape with me (I order so much stuff from the good people at Qualtape that they just gifted me a roll).  I put it on my fingers when I’m JRing so that the score I hold up is extra visible.

Featured Image:  Matthew Boggs

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June WARDian of the Month: Sin D’Roller

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Wow! I’m so honored to be added to this list of fantastic WARDians!

Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

Photo Credit: Matthew Boggs

My Derby journey started with a ticket to Tiki Takedown. An old school friend and I decided we would catch up and see what this Roller Derby stuff was all about. Well by halftime I was hooked and signing up, she thought I was just crazy. I have never been into team sports so finding Derby later in life was amazing, I only wish I had found it sooner. I have never been involved with a more welcoming and accepting community of people.

My Derby journey has been that of the tortoise….slow and mostly steady. I’m taking my time and enjoying the ride. As a Mum to two young kidlets Derby is my outlet, my relaxation and sometimes my punching bag. I’ve finally (almost) managed to stop comparing myself to all of the amazing skaters we have at WARD and now focusing on my own abilities and what I am able to achieve.

 

Photo Credit: Sin

Photo Credit: Sin

My Roller Derby goal was to play on a home season team, achievement unlocked!  Being on track with the awesome Atomic Sirens makes me so happy! My next goal may well be Top 30 but no need to rush these things. My short term goal is to keep my eyes off the floor for an entire game (or training session).

We have such an amazing group of people at WARD and there is always someone to offer encouragement and pass on their knowledge and skills. I’ve learnt so much from so many of you and am so grateful that I have WARD in my life.

Sober Selfie

Sober Selfie Challenge

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WA Roller Derby took the Sober Selfie Challenge during the month of January. We showed off the good times we always have minus alcohol and training hard for the sport we love.

Our friends over at Good Sports also picked up on our efforts…

Skater Kassey Truesdale said the benefits have far outweighed the social pressures to drink.

“Our members are united, excited about training, and are using the New Year and #SoberSelfie Challenge as a way to give training everything they’ve got,” said Kassey.

“It’s also got some of our members really thinking about having a healthy lifestyle outside of regular exercise they get with skating.

“While our sport allows us to make great friends and bonds, we also take the athleticism of our sport seriously.

“Plus, our sport is played on roller skates, making safety a big priority. To have our members drinking while on skates would be a disaster – it’s hard enough staying upright when you cop a big hit!”

Boom State Clash

Boom State Clash

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Boom. State. Clash.

Three words that loomed in our minds, I’m sure, for months. We’ve all heard of TGSS and Rollercon, these fantastic tournaments and workshops, with derby idols zooming past you on and off the track. We’d been given tips and tricks from those lucky few who got to rub shoulders with the derby-elite in far off places. But to have our very own? Here? In WA? THIS year? It seemed an unreal possibility, something we dared not dream of, in case we jinxed it. Yet, thanks to THE ORGANISERS* who dared to speak its name, skaters refs and NSOs from all over the boom state had the opportunity to gather to play, learn and watch some actual real-life roller derby with skaters from over ten different leagues!

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Bout of Thrones

Bout 1: Bout of Thrones, Winter is Coming

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How quickly this year is flying by!

It seems like only yesterday that the WOTS were jetting off to Melbourne to face the amazing SSRD Sirens and VRDL or lining up against the mighty Gold City Rollers to claim the first victory of the season. But before we could blink our home season is once again upon us.

With the chill creeping into the air we are waving good bye to the heat of summer, so it was only fitting that the theme of our first home game come from the great George R .R.  Martin’s classic novel of royalty, battle and ice. Come June 8th we celebrate Bout 1 of the 2013 Home season: Read More