I am truly honoured to receive this aWARD and it has come at a hard time for me in my Derby journey, with injuries keeping me off skates for what seems like an eternity. I miss all my teamies and it’s easy to feel a little out of touch at times. So thanks for letting me know I am appreciated!
I wasn’t a sporty kid growing up and never really had the opportunity to take part in team sports outside of school. Derby was the first time that I actually felt part of a team. This is one of the things I love the most about this crazy sport and although I found it later in life, it came at a time where I needed to find something for me. As a Mum of two and self-employed full-time worker, it’s very easy to be caught up in the needs of family/work life and you just start to exist. For me, Derby became my breakaway and something that I looked forward to each week. As my skills grew, so did my confidence and my love for the sport. I was more than happy to take my time progressing through the levels, and making it onto home teams was more than I ever expected. So I’ve currently hit a bump in the road and have had to accept that I need to give myself time to repair. Who knows where this journey will lead me but Derby and WARD will always have a piece of my heart.
Our league is so full of inspirational people so deserving of recognition for the time and effort they put in to making WARD what it is: our T30 skaters who work so hard to improve themselves and also give up their own free time to coach everyone else; our refs and NSOs – without them I’m sure we would be a truly unruly bunch!; the committee members working so hard behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly from assessments, coaching plans, organising venues, liaising with other leagues, facilitating training for NSOs and Refs, and generally managing all of our member information … the list goes on. WARD is made up of so many fantastic people and I am so grateful to be a part of that team (with or without my skates on).
I’d really like to take the opportunity to encourage our new (and old) Wardians to take that next step and offer your help as part of the WARD Committee. As they say, many hands make light work and it really isn’t that scary. Who knows? You may learn a new skill and also get to spend time with an amazing bunch of people.