Hereford and The Hawk
21. April 2015 00:34
On Tuesday, April 14th, the Hereford Roller Girls
(and Guys!) had a training session with a difference when Professor Stephen Hawking came along to meet the team and discover full-contact roller derby.
The meeting came about as one of our skaters, Zelah Webb, met Prof. Hawking last year. They stayed in touch, and she told him all about roller derby and HRG. He was invited to come along and was very keen to do so, so Zelah made it happen! Club members were sworn to secrecy, and our Noobies – attending their second ever session with us – were told just minutes before Prof. Hawking entered the building.
I was tasked with explaining the rules to Prof. Hawking as the team did a full contact scrimmage – that was surreal! I have been told a couple of times that I must be one of the only people who can say they have taught Stephen something he didn’t already know!
Zoe Butler (aka Eve L. Hart, Founder and Horror Bulls Captain): “It was an honour to meet Professor Hawking and a surreal experience! He really enjoyed watching us train and we told him he’s welcome to come to any of our bouts! Before he left we presented him with a HRG top with ‘The Hawk’ and number 42 on the back – everyone needs a derby name!”
HRG’s next big event is a fundraising Quiz (with food from makers of Best Burger in the World, The Beefy Boys!) at Hereford’s MFA Bowl on Friday 17th April, and is a thank you to the Midlands Air Ambulance service for looking after our very own number 22, Frantom Menace, following a serious car accident earlier in the year. Full details are here.
Zoe said: “We are so grateful to the emergency services and medical staff who looked after Fran; she’s a valued member of our team and we wanted to give something back to say thank you for taking care of her. She’s coped with her injuries with an upbeat and positive attitude, which has been a real inspiration to all of us. The Air Ambulance relies on charitable donations, so we hope to raise a lot of money for them!”
Fran said: “It’s been a tough year for me but I’m making a good recovery, and am so grateful for the support I’ve received. This week I’ll have met Stephen Hawking and held a fundraiser to say thank you to the people who saved me in the space of a few days – I don’t think there are many people who can say that!”
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