How did you first hear about roller derby?
I’d been keen to play ever since I was a teenager but sadly PJRD didn’t exist in my day. So I waited until I was 18 and joined up then! Never looked back since.
What is something that you know about roller derby now that you wish you knew when you first started?
How much it would change me and my life – not only my fitness but my friends, community, and mental health as well. When I joined WARD I was struggling a lot with mental illness, and actually it was around the time of my first level 2 assessment that I was hospitalised and really started to recover. Derby gave me a passion, a community of support, and a reason to be healthy, both physically and mentally!
What is the roller derby goal you are working towards right now?
My goal for 2018 is to pass into level 4 and join Top 30. I’ve focused for a few years on reffing, and I’m excited to focus on my skating skills more this year.
What do you do to keep your derby brain switched on?
I do all sorts! I often go to team training a a referee, I coach level 2s pretty frequently at O’Connor, and I usually am involved in ref training on Sundays before scrim. Outside of WARD training, I enjoy watching WFTDA.tv footage when I can, refereeing for other leagues, and occasionally I go to the skate park and try not to die!
Who in WARD is inspiring you at the moment?
Who isn’t? There are so many inspirational WARDians. Tiny for always being such a beast during assessments. Beers for doing all the things – does she sleep?! Zed for being such a ray of sunshine in our league. I could go on all day.
What keeps enthused about roller derby?
Watching yourself progress with new skills that you never thought you’d be able to do keeps me enthused. Roller derby as a sport is evolving so rapidly and that makes it endlessly fascinating to me. Plus, getting to see all my friends at derby makes me a little more motivated to put some pants on and come to training.
Who do nominate as our next WARDian of the Month?
I’m gonna say Shreddy – she has such a great attitude and was such a pleasure to coach in level 2. Shreddy has really stepped up in the social media role, and I can’t wait to see what else she gets up to in 2018!