Why did you join roller derby?
I remember reading about this cool and tough-looking sport called ‘roller derby’ in an in-flight magazine, many moons ago. I thought it looked rad, and the chicks who played it were probably awesome, but hey, they were in Texas, and I lived in Yorkshire, so that was the end of that.
A few years later, upon moving down under, I discovered that roller derby IS A REAL LIFE THING, and proceeded to promise myself I’d give it a try, honest, just when I got round to it. I told my friends that one day, I’d play roller derby, they concurred, and we sat around and tried to invent derby names for one another.
It wasn’t until at least a year later that I finally got my act together and attended a training session, sparked by the fact that a gang of WARD skaters came into my work, in their full derby gear, promoting an upcoming bout. They said come, I said ok, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What are your derby goals/aspirations?
My main derby goal is to be the best skater I can possibly be, and to never stop learning how to be a better player. Watching skaters like Shortstop and Polly Crackers at RollerCon Down Under blew my mind, and really inspired me to push myself to see what I am capable of.
I have aspirations for our team to have a fantastic year, for us to work together to achieve incredible things, and to share in all of the challenges and triumphs that the game of roller derby brings our way!
Embarrassing derby moments?
I can’t really pinpoint a specific moment, as I fall down a lot, and generally do stupid stuff. My main source of derby-related embarrassment is the fact that I go BRIGHT RED when I skate, so much so that my face glows. “Seriously, I’m ok, I’m just RED…”
Hmm. I like surfing – another thing that I promised myself I’d do for years, then finally bit the bullet and bought a board! I also like beer. Not in an irresponsible way, oh no… I like to be a geek about hops and malt and try strangely labelled foreign craft treats.
I don’t like getting in cars when it’s over 35 degrees out, and you don’t have air-con. Probably one of my least favourite things in the world.
I also get seasick.