This week we say goodbye to another leaguemate, number 19, Udder Mayhem, who, rather than retiring, is moving to a new city, but totally intends to keep skating there. And we're fine with that. Honest...
We caught up with Uddz before her move to chat about her time with GCRD.
How did you get started in roller derby?
I had just moved to Aberdeen for a new job and didn’t really know anyone. I was looking for something to do to fill my time and to make new friends when I saw the “Fresh Meat” event online. I really enjoyed roller discos and skating around outside as a kid, so I was excited to get to skate again. But little did I know what I was letting myself in for! I absolutely loved it though, and I haven’t looked back since.
What was your first game like?
Intense! It was against the Romsey Town Rollerbillies in August 2014. We were in Cambridge playing with low numbers, and it was an incredibly tough game – my asthma certainly got the better of me at times! It was very special to me though as I just remember feeling so proud to be a Northern Fight. Also, my family live in the South East of England, so they managed to come along and support me!
What has been your biggest challenge?
Gaining confidence in myself. When I first started scrims, I found it very, very tough. Things started to change when I started cross-training and gaining strength, and slowly the efforts started to pay off on track too. I credit roller derby for helping me with my self-confidence as it constantly pushes me out of my comfort zone, which is no bad thing for a slightly socially-awkward introvert! It’s something that I’m constantly still working on, but I genuinely feel like a better version of myself after having found this sport and the many wonderful people within it.
What is your proudest achievement?
Gaining a spot in Team Scotland. I still get “imposter syndrome” sometimes, but I am super chuffed to be representing Scotland in the World Cup. I was born here, I’m half-Scottish, and it’s just amazing to be able to represent your heritage at a national level! *pinches self*.
What is your fondest/happiest/funniest memory?
Receiving the Northern Fights “Players Player of the Year” Award, back in 2015. It was part of a night out, and I honestly didn’t think it would go to me at all, as there are so many strong and amazing skaters in our team. When I got it, I was in shock, and all around me I heard “Is she greeting? She better be greeting!!”. Such an honour, especially since I was still quite new to the team! I did greet a little bit!
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
Various things. Like:
Get well-fitted skates. Expensive skates mean nothing unless they fit well!
Cross-training is very important, and can make a huge difference to your performance.
The bigger the toe stop, the better!
What are your plans post GCRD?
To carry on skating! I play in the World Cup next February, and I’ll have a new league to join too. I don’t plan on hanging my skates up just yet, I’m too addicted! ;-)