How long have you been involved with Roller Derby?
I went to a Pirate City Rollers open day in August 2011 after attending one of the games earlier in the year. I came away with legs like jelly and a desire to get involved. I went through the freshmeat course, which was both challenging and satisfying. Once I was in the league in 2012, Mascara Massacre asked me to play with them for their last few games of the year. I stayed in the team and played with them all through 2013, and now theres a brand new team to be a part of.
What does Roller Derby mean to you?
Roller derby is a fantastic way to exercise, working out both body and mind – learning strategy and putting it into play is one of the challenges of the sport and it compliments the physical aspect. I really enjoy working on elements of skating and seeing them improve, derby is also a great way to relieve stress!
It’s a very social sport, both within a league and between leagues in other cities and countries.
You’re the alternate Captain of the new team, whats been the biggest challenge in setting up the new team?
Working on strategy I think, deciding on our team strategies and practising them. We’ve been helping each other understand and really trying to communicate on the track. The team is picking everything up really quickly and we’re all enjoying working as a team.
What about this first game excites you most?
It’s going to be amazing for our team! It will be the first game for a couple of the girls, so I’m excited that we can be there to support them and I’m sure we will all have a great time!