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I am happy
to write my first column for Rollin’ News; the second monthly article from
Dubai Roller Derby.
I’d like to share my story of this amazing sport in the
city I now live in and all of the exciting changes in my life.
After 10+ years
of collecting dust in a wardrobe, I decided to try my old high school figure
my feet haven’t grown!
could skate in them, but most of the pirouettes were gone.
Third: as it
used to be, the skates were completely unsuitable to skate outdoors. I then
hopelessly looked online for softer wheels in Dubai and I found something else
that would change my life forever: Dubai Roller Derby.
I had no
idea what Roller Derby meant but a girl told me through the Facebook fan page
to give it a try. DRD welcomed me in July, and I haven’t missed a weekly
something pull me in so intensely? Should I call this an addiction? Maybe...But I prefer to
consider it a lifestyle.
continuously talk about it, have given up most of my previous lazy life for
this new sport and I have recurrent dreams…….. and sometimes nightmares. In the
last one I remember, I couldn’t glide with my heavy skates because the sports
hall floor was covered with gym mats – a clear sign that I can’t wait much longer
to get my new derby skates (which are on their way, woo!) and retire the figure
combines many things that I like, such as skating, but in a much cooler and
competitive way – no need to skate up straight with an uncomfortable elegant
stance; disconnecting from work and having fun in this remote city in the
middle of the desert and having a new big group of friends, all kind of crazy I
have to say…Which makes me feel understood, not mention the social activities.
It’s a new family, and believe me, it’s not
easy to feel this way when you are so far from home, in a completely different
world. Dubai can be a hard place to start but right now, I find it amazing and
I have to say that DRD has a lot to do with it.
members are from South Africa, Colombia, UK, India, UAE, Ireland, the United
States, Spain and more! We all work in
different areas and have completely different backgrounds but sharing this
passion makes us very close sisters.
Our family is growing exponentially every month with our
Fresh Meat Nights. Some of the newbies are still skating at their own pace to gain
more confidence with their own or rented skates; whereas others have passed a
big bunch of minimum skills in less than a month.
No matter what our levels are, we all show up with a big
smile and a lot of energy. But I have to say that all this is possible thanks
to our commitment to the league. It’s somehow weird to understand why we all
end up spending so much time in this but, I told you, this is an addiction, no
a passion, no a lifestyle.
Some of you may have also discovered Roller Derby after
figure skating. It is fascinating how many things I remember or have forgotten
from my school days. On the one hand, I feel very confident with transitions
and some jumps but, on the other, I can’t help raising my arms and forgetting
to be in Derby stance.
But no matter the advantages and disadvantages, it’s still
a really cool experience being part of the worldwide Derby community.
Thanks for having a look at my article and see you next
month with our next sister ;)
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