Continuing New Town Roller Girls' Monthly insights, here's Bump-Her-Stick-Her... coming to a track near you, soon!
What first attracted you to Roller Derby? My awesome bestie used to play for ARRG (Bobscene Behaviour) and that was my introduction to the game. I watched her in her first bout and left wishing I could give it a try. Fast forwards a few years later and I was a new mum looking for an outlet, some exercise and something that I could do just for me - I saw an advert for New Town Roller Girls and pounced!
Most skaters have inspirations in their own or other leagues. Who are your derby heroes? Bobscene Behavior for introducing me to roller derby (and blocking like a boss). Duke Box is amazing, agile and hits like a wall! Also Lois Maim is all round awesome and so patient when helping me learn hits and blocks.
Derby names are an important aspect of the sport, especially when you're starting out. How did you choose your name (and number), and does it reflect your personality on track? It came to me at work. I'm generally known for being shy and uncertain (unless you really know me well) . I wanted to channel a tougher side so I wanted an aggressive name. Bump-Her Stick-Her is a mantra i can use on track. My number is my daughter Roslyn's birthday 195.
What's your favourite position and technique? I like jamming, I am still learning a lot but I hope I can be a useful jammer some day.
Lots of roller girls find it hard not to spread the word about their new sport. How have you been spreading the word? Facebook :) work, rambling on to hairdressers and by wearing my teams t-shirt whilst running or working out.
What’s the most important thing you've learnt/ done this month Practicing with the boys and girls for our upcoming bout (my cherry popper)
And the most difficult and the best things? The most difficult is the frustration of not picking up a technique. The best is the first time you get it right. You may not always get it but you realise it's possible.
What's new for the New Town this month? First bout. I'm simultaneously excited and terrified. Also the next wave of minimum skills skaters