Why did I start a sport like Roller Derby? Probably because I'm mad. I knew the risks of the game from friends who were already skating on the track, but I still gave it a go. My first time on skates, I was, well, this explains it: My husband couldn't get me away from the lamppost. I was holding on to it tight, it really was that bad. Emil told me that if I din't let go and pick my confidence up after a fall, then what was the point? 'It's not like it's going to hurt much,' he said, 'you've got knee, hand, elbow pads and a helmet on to protect yourself, man up!'
And man up I did. I thank him so much for this.
Derby reawakened when the film Whip It came out in 2009 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172233/. But I watched it, and even though I thought it was a cool film and an awesome sport, it didn't make me want to play. Probably because I associated derby as an American sport and there was no way that they had anything like that in the UK. But when I found one in Taunton (Thanks Cora!). I couldn't believe it. A roller derby team in my own town! Yeah, I was scared to go for the Fresh Meat session, and yeah, I might have backed away a little, but it was this music video that made me take that step: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE-dwpWpscU And although there isn't anything derby related whatsoever in it, apart from quad roller skates, I wanted to do everything on this video.
So I went to my first derby class. I look back on it now and cringe at what I wore, fishnets, pink and black skirt, pink top...the colours were pink and black okay, don't judge me! So I got my £30.00 skates on that were awful! (word of advice: if you ever start roller derby and you like it, get a pair of decent skates quickly, there's nothing worse than having to learn on bad skates like I did. As soon as I got new ones, I improved so much) So there was me, nervous as anything, watching these amazing girls on skates, thinking, How the hell am I going to do that? neh eh, no way! then I hear a voice saying 'Hey dude!' Like we've known each other for years. And that's how I met Lucy Nicholls. She was a lil newbie like me. She started telling me how she was too old for this (she looked twenty-one and I'm not telling you her actual age) we were in the same boat, we all were. So my journey of bruises and concussion began (I think there is camera footage from a certain ref, of all us Taunton newbie skaters falling on our bums a lot, naming no one in particulay Alex Mckenna (TeeHee) )
Then I got to know everyone else, and they were amazing! I finally passed my 25 in 5 (Twenty-five laps in five minutes) and earned a small legacy of my own - 3 laps in a row. Even though I still didn't pass, I gave it a good go and achieved 3, 24 and a half laps. I was keen, okay.
So now I'm a derby girl.
Roller Derby has been such an amazing thing in my life. I've lost weight doing it and my fitness is so much better than it used to be.
Who am I?
I'm Split Second 87