Lady Trample is a combination of Lady and the Tramp (one of my favourite Disney movies) and the song Lady is a Tramp which is a show tune from 1937 but I particularly love the cover by Frank Sinatra. My number is from a tattoo inside my lip that I got when I was 18.2. What motivated you to join derby? and how did you end up with the Pirates?
I went to my first derby game back in 2011 with my best friend Leah aka TutanKarnage. It was Alpha Beta Slammers vs Dead Wreckoning and I saw my first waitress whip and knew instantly that I wanted to play this magical sport. Me and Karnage spent the next few months teaching ourselves to skate in an underground car park avoiding security guards and signed up at the next freshmeat intake. Pirates wasn’t the only league in Auckland as ARDL had just started up and we did get invited to train with them also but I felt a bond towards this league. I have no regrets as its become a home away from home and pushed me to be the skater I am today.
3. What has been your greatest achievement in derby so far?
I was pretty stoked when I was selected for the Travel team in my first season (back in 2012) and had such wicked learning experiences at the last two TGSS tournaments (2012 & 2014) in Adelaide, but making the training squad for Team New Zealand has to be the best highlight so far and I’m working my butt off to make sure I get in that final 20 to go to Texas!
4. What has been the best thing about playing roller derby?
Roller Derby has opened a world of opportunities for me. I’ve been in music videos, movies, documentaries. Its given me an opportunity to explore new illustration and design styles. I’ve made a world of friends whom otherwise I’d never have met. I’ve always been reasonably fit and athletic but Derby has given me the motivation to push myself to my limits.
5. What is your secret talent (would people be surprised to learn about you) outside of derby? Its probably no secret but I run a page called Chicks in Bowls. This is set up to encourage and inspire derby skaters and just girls in general to get off the track and into the streets and skate parks on their roller skates. The best thing about this is the park skating improves my derby skating and vice versa. I have such a passion for both sports I honestly don’t think I could choose between them.