Hello hello. If you have stumbled along this blog looking for wit and wonder its probably not the place to be! This is the ramblings of a wannabe Derby girl living in London just trying to stay upright on skates.
A little bit about me is probably in order. I am a 27 year old nanny from Yorkshire (although not really – Army brat = Nomad). I collect copies of the Charlotte Bronte novel Jane Eyre, I daydream way to much and have an unhealthy love of tea! I fell in love with Roller Derby way back when Whip it! the movies was released. Its lame but its the truth. I went to watch my first Bout in Sheffield in 2013 and fell instantly in love. Watching women of all ages, shapes and backgrounds come together to play this fast paced, thrilling contact sport was mesmerising and left a huge mark on me. I couldn’t stop watching Youtube videos and reading everything available about this wonderful and empowering sport. It was then I decided that I wanted to give Roller Derby a go.
Knowing I would be moving to London for work I looked into teams that offered a Fresh Meat programme that I could go along to. There are two main London teams and I knew very little about either to help make my decision. Thankfully it was all out of my hands as I had missed the tryouts date for one team and so I signed up to the London Rockin Rollers FM Programme in the Spring of 2014. BEST DECISION EVER!!!!!
To play Roller Derby you need a lot of kit and its not something you can just pick up in Toys R Us with the Rollerblades. I went to Skate Attack, a shop in North London run by LRR’s very own Von Bitch. The name may sound scary but she is one of the nicest people I have ever met and is always willing to help out with anything you may need. I had no idea what I wanted or needed but with VB’s help within 45 minutes I was walking out with a giant bag of protective gear and shiny new skates!
So its Sunday 22nd June 2014 around 8:30 in the morning and I am lugging a bag of skate kit up to North London to find a leisure centre. I am bricking it. I am not an athletic person, I have never played a team sport, honestly I had never played any sport. But I knew that I needed to do this, to prove to myself that I could.
Well, I couldn’t!!!!
I was awful. I couldn’t stand up on my skates and when I could get going I couldn’t stop! I wanted to cry the whole time. If it hadn’t been for the kind words of encouragement from the wonderful Beat Girl I would have just given up and gone home. After a swift interview from some of the other skaters I packed up my bag and left feeling a little deflated. I resigned myself to the fact that I had seen what I would need to work on to be able to join FM and would try to get some open skates and practise before the next try outs. When I received an email three days later I burst into tears – I was in!!!!