After I left university I realised my life had suddenly got pretty quiet. Finally I decided I needed a new hobby, and roller derby sounded kind of cool...
I'd ice skated quite regularly in the past, so making the transition to quads didn't take too long, although I felt totally out of control at first!
My first bout, in June 2009, was probably the most nerve-racking experience of my life, as we faced the London Brawl Saints in front of a sell-out crowd. I was terrified and got repeatedly pummelled into the audience and even the paramedics (who are really not the people you want to injure!), but miraculously I survived and totally loved it! I'm not sure what my poor parents made of it though...
Now I've been skating for 2 years and am still totally in love with LRD and roller derby. It has completely changed my life: I've met incredible people (both LRD team-mates and skaters from across the country), I've become more confident in myself and I've had experiences I never would have dreamed of before!
My top 2 derby career highlights:
-My proudest personal achievement was at the 2010 Blood and Thunder All Stars bout. My team was 18 points behind, with enough time for 1 more jam. I was sent on as jammer, and with the help of my awesome team-mates we scored... 18 points. The opposition scored 5 and won the game, but it didn't matter! It felt like we had won!
-My most amazing experience with LRD has to be the bout against Glasgow (August 2010). I can't even describe how proud I am of LRD for that game! Both teams showed amazing teamwork, positivity and spirit, and the win for us just topped off an incredible bout.
- Wrath of Hell! LRR vs LRD - Away - 19/03/2011
- Blocking Around the Christmas Tree! CCR vs LRD - Away - 12/12/10
- Little Red Riding Thud! LRD vs RCRG - Home - 19/09/2010
- Rack n' Roll! LRD vs GRG - Home - 21/08/10
- Sun, Sea & Slammed! LRD vs LRR - Home - 19/06/10
- Viva Bash Vegas! LRD vs BBD - Home - 24/04/10
- Jailhouse Block! ARRG vs LRD - Away - 14/02/10
- Snow Brawl! LRD vs CCR - Home - 30/01/10
- War of the Roses! RCRG vs LRD - Away - 28/11/09
- Northern EXPOsure! LRD vs MMR vs CCR vs QS - Away - 19/09/09
- Summer Horror Day! LRD vs SSRG - Home - 22/08/09
- Double Trouble! LRG vs LRD & LRG vs BBDD - Away - 06/06/09
- Intraleague! Black Ninjas vs White Mambas - Closed - 06/03/2011
- Intraleague! Black Ninjas vs White Mambas - Closed - 20/02/2011
- Intraleague! Stars vs Stripes - Open - 04/07/2010
- Intraleague! Cops vs Robbers - Closed - 15/05/2010
- Intraleague! Black ‘n’ Bruisers vs White Trash - Closed - 25/09/2011
- Intraleague! Black ‘n’ Bruisers vs White Trash - Closed - 28/08/2011
- Intraleague! Black 'n' Bruisers vs White Trash - Closed - 26/06/2011
- Intraleague! Black 'n' Bruisers vs White Trash - Closed - 29/05/2011
- Intraleague! Black 'n' Bruisers vs White Trash - Closed - 01/05/2011