Ophelia Terror by Warren JT
If you haven’t heard of this month’s WARDian, chances are you’ve stumbled upon this webpage by accident. She’s been at WARD for longer than most, and all of that extra training is evident when she gets onto the track. A key jammer for the Wards of the Skate, she can duke her way through tough opposition – and don’t let her smile and friendly nature fool you – that woman can take AND give a hit! She also happens to be our Vice President, deliberating on important league matters. Please join me in congratulating June’s wardian of the month, Ophelia Terror!
How did you get into Roller Derby?
As embarrassing as it is to admit it, I saw an ad on tv for the movie “Whip It” and thought I could do that. On googling it, I found there was a league that trained five minutes away from me. I was a bit worried the girls would be big and scary but my Dad told me if they were, just leave and go home. They weren’t, so I stayed.
What do you get out of Roller Derby?
The confidence to go out in public wearing little more than my underwear? Nah, I love the competitive side of derby (and the competitive side of celebrity pot), I like to have the chance to push myself in a sport I’m semi-decent at (they are limited!) and the fact that I’ve made some good friends that let me hit them (?!) and then we all drink beer together afterwards.
What has been the highlight of your skating career so far?
Going to Rollercon Vegas and signing up for a challenge bout online only to rock up and find out Demanda Riot was on my team and Jackie Daniels was on the other. I was so scared and only had the guts to block for a while. I apparently looked very lost on track. In the end I decided to take the plunge and wear the star. I got lead jammer, got some points, tripped up Jackie Daniels and she fell on me and bruised my shin. It was AWESOME!
Most embarrassing moment?
I have many. They mainly involve me getting angry when I can’t see how many points the jammer ref is holding up.
Have you got any training tips?
Just keep training. And training. Then more training. The best players out there are the ones that are committed to getting better. They don’t whinge about not being able to do something, they just practise until they can. And also, off skates.
What are your derby aspirations?
One of these days I’m going to move to Austin, TX and join the Texas Rollergirls. Watch this space.
Who would you nominate as the next Wardian of the Month?
Our tireless WotS captain, Bubbles. She has done so much for the team since the start of the year, not least of which was getting us to and from Adelaide and TGSS, while supporting our broken skater, Kit, in hospital! What a RAD person.
Main Photo credit Travis Anderson.
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