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What I'd Tell New Skaters:
This is my 6th year of roller derby. I started skating with Hawaii Pacific Roller Derby, then moved to Chemical Valley during the summer of 2010.
Like most roller derby skaters, I work full time so I stay fairly busy. I try to do some type of physical activity every day so, if I'm not at practice, I go to the gym or get some hiking in when the weather permits. I also have an art studio which unfortunately doesn't get top priority unless it's off-season. I know I'll have to eventually retire from roller derby, so it gives me something to look forward to.
There are so many! As a team, I would say winning the River Valley Riot tournament in 2012. We didn't have a full roster that weekend but we kept our spirits up and our teamwork felt seamless! In an individual moment, when my teammates surprised me with a "brick wall" made out of paper for me to bust through at the beginning of our team intros. Oh, and there was that one time we Rickrolled the audience during intros!
It takes a lot to embarrass me, so I can't really think of anything terrible at the moment. I fell once during intros which is always an awkward first impression!
I'm working toward becoming more agile and lighter on my feet so I can jam more often. I've been a blocker for so many years, it's difficult to switch into a jammer's way of thinking. I've also been coaching more lately so I'm learning more about how to be a better coach and getting the best results out of each practice. It's a challenge to plan for all skill levels while keeping everyone interested.
Just staying hydrated and positive all day is the best thing for me. Coconut water works wonders for hydration.
Hawaiian Islands v. Canadian Mounties at Rollercon in 2012! I got to play with several of my old teammates against some extremely talented Canadian skaters.
Unfortunately, I've seen several injuries. I'm always hopeful they'll return to roller derby after they recover. One of my teammates from Hawaii Pacific broke her collarbone during a bout. It was definitely the worst injury I've seen, but she's back to skating and is stronger than ever.
1. Don't be discouraged from trying if you have never played a sport.
2. Never give up! You'll surprise yourself with what you are capable of if you are persistent with training. Even skaters with several years of experience still strive to improve. Every day brings a new challenge so just accept it. It's hard work, you'll sweat, you'll cry, but you'll be in great shape and make life-long friends!