In Skater of the week we get to know the fantastic sheHARD!! Elected captain of The Broadside Brawlers, She has yet to play with them, having been overseas for a few months after helping to get them up and running, but she is back in just a couple of weeks and ready to skate her heart out!! Here is what motivates her .
How did you get into Roller Derby?
It was something I knew about for awhile then about 4 years ago I went to watch a game and the next day I was in fresh meat.
What makes roller derby special to you?
Roller Derby gives back to you exactly what you put in it. the whole thing top to bottom is run by skaters. So you don’t like how your league is being run, you have a say, you can sit on the board. you might not always get your way but the path is open to you. The same is true with the skating, everybody there wants to help you get better, but if you miss every other training and don’t do any cross training, there’s a high chance your not going to make the A squad.
What opportunities has roller derby provided that you otherwise might not have come across?
Roller Derby has actually taken me all over the world. In June this year I went to Adelaide to attend The Great Southern Slam as a challenge skater, then in July I went to Las Vegas to attend the Rollercon, the worlds biggest derby convention. I’ve traveled all over England and New Zealand, to watch games, play games take part in boot camps or open scrimmages.
Who inspires you in the Derbyverse?
The London Roller girls, as a league they decided their aim was to be the best team in the world, they have put everything towards that goal. In the last 5 years they have climbed to number 3 in the WFTDA rankings. The London Roller girls are great examples of the results team work, focus, and dedication can bring.
What is your proudest moment in derby?
Being made captain of the Pirates newest team, The Broadside Brawlers. Its been really amazing to be a part of something from the beginning and to be given the opportunity to help other skaters achieve their goals.