A long-time Angel and member of both our A and B Teams, this month’s featured skater is the infamous Knuckleduster Nat.
Knuckleduster Nat #85
Story behind the name?
Knuckleduster Nat, #85 I chose the name as I wanted something which would incorporate my real name as I know nicknames and me don’t stick (I always end up being called Nat). I had a knuckle duster necklace which I loved and thought that it rolled off the tongue quite well. Nothing as pithy as some of the derby names you find out there but I like it.
I’m a blocker, I like hitting people (especially after a stressful day) but I also love the teamwork which you find in line ups; ideally I’d like to become an all rounder, but my heart will always belong to blocking.
Do you have a pre-game ritual?
I never used to have a pre game ritual but after the lovely Pixel Vixen hosted a mental workout session I now have a list of things I want to achieve within the game, and try to have some time listening to music and focusing on what I want to play like before each game. I’ve found that helps wonders as the mental game is just as important as the physical one.
Greatest derby moment?
My favourite moment in derby is hard to pick, I’ve had such fun in different roles – from being a spectator, to playing, to NSO-ing! I think Scotland last year was a definite highlight as well as watching my other half (Rollosapien) play in the first ever men’s Euros. HARD seem to be going from strength to strength and I’m loving the adventure!
How has derby changed your life?
Derby has changed my life in so many ways from getting fitter, making new friends – even down to getting a job and somewhere to live. I am so grateful to have discovered derby and the people which are involved in it. From former HARD skater Lady G and the amazing Dane-ish letting me stay when I was homeless, to Ju, Scissors, Lexi, Betty, Trawma and Beat providing much needed support in dark times. Derby changed my life and I’m lucky to be a part of it.