Our WARDian of the month for January is one busy and dedicated league member. Former Secretary of the league and bench coach, she’s now added DerbyWest Liaison and Interleague Communications Officer to her resume.
A member of travel team WayWARD Rollers and home team Electric Screams, January’s WARDian of the month is the much loved, Cider Pants. Congratulations Pants!
How did you get into derby?
Mine is a bit of a long journey but I’ll be honest it does start with watching Whip It haha (who doesn’t love a good romantic comedy crossed with coming of age drama). After that I searched for roller derby on Facebook and ended up NSOing at WARDs second ever public bout – without ever having actually seen a live roller derby.
That was nearly five years ago – since then I’ve NSO’d, started and given up on fresh meat, been Secretary, started bench managing, stumbled into bench coaching, and then gave it all up to return to fresh meat skating. Only in the last 6 months have I passed my WFTDA Minimum Skills and be able to skate on a team.
What do you get out of derby?
Excitement, learning, challenges, community and pride.
Roller derby is a paradox – to have something providing me with a warm, safe & friendly space, whilst constantly throwing challenges at my mind and body, as well as offering a learning experience for a constantly moving target. What a beautiful mess.
You hear about the community of roller derby and it is by far a life changing thing that I can’t explain to people who aren’t within it. I cannot ever imagine not being part of roller derby and I’m really proud to be part of the movement that is breaking roller derby into Western Australia. I don’t care how lame I sound when I say we are being revolutionary!
What has been the highlight of your skating career so far?
Skating with WARD’s B Team wayWARDs against Perth Roller Derby’s A Team, The West Coast Evils, at the 2014 Boom State Clash. They absolutely annihilated us but we didn’t give up, didn’t die, and got more points than we went in aiming for.
Most embarrassing moment?
Unsurprisingly, I’m not sure a single training session or meeting goes by without me doing or saying something completely embarrassing. It’s part and parcel of being me haha.
Do you have any training tips?
Don’t take long breaks. It’s really hard coming back to training to re-learn skills you once already knew, and to build up muscles you once already had. Mentally it feels even harder than the first time around, even though physically it’s not.
What are your derby aspirations?
To pass my next round of assessments so I can skate on WARD’s home team, Electric Screams. I was their benchie for three years so to actually skate on the team would probably make me so happy my eyes may leak.
Who would you nominate as next WARDian of the month?
Kill Billy. With so many women and so many different personalities it is sometimes easy to forget to constantly be nice, supportive and caring; but Billy manages it. And that means I can try to aim for it too. She’s my derby idol!
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