By granitecityrollerderby, Sep 22 2017 08:31AM
This month we present one of our newer skaters who is very excited to be moving up to Intermediate Training - number 230, Lara Craft!
What is your day job?
I work as an IT Operations Analyst for an Oil and Gas service company.
What are your hobbies (other than skating)?
I do a lot of crafts in my spare time - I crochet, knit, sew, spin yarn on my spinning wheel & weave fabric on my loom. I enjoy musicals so I quite often go to the theatre, I play video games (Tomb Raider is my all-time favourite series, I even have a huge collection of Tomb Raider merch) and I like watching Rugby and NFL.
How did you get started in Roller Derby?
I know Mean MaSheena through work so I was aware that Roller Derby was a thing but figured it wasn't something I'd ever be able to do. I'd never skated and I'd never done any sort of team sports before. I saw a GCRD intake day being shared on Facebook and thought, what the heck, I'll give it a go. Best decision I ever made, I was hooked from the get go!
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out?
Don't get bogged down by comparing your progress to others. Celebrate your own personal achievements, even the small ones! Go to skate boot camps if you can - they are so beneficial. Sometimes you just need a different perspective to help something click for you. Lastly, enjoy yourself - it's all about having fun!
Which derby person do you look up to most/aspire to be like?
Having started as roller derby fresh meat 5 months ago I can't help but look up to everyone in the league - the amount of time and dedication put into GCRD is awesome. It's also inspiring to think that all these amazing skaters were fresh meat at one point and if I put in the work I could be like them too.
What is your proudest Derby achievement?
I'm proud of my progress so far. I haven't been skating for that long and I've still got a fair way to go but it's good to reflect back on all the times that I felt like "I can't do that!" and wonder what all the fuss was about. I’m also very proud to be moving up and joining the intermediates group after doing well in my minimum skills.
What's the best thing about Roller Derby?
The skating is great fun but it wouldn't be the same without the people and the sense of community that comes with it. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive of each other. My fellow freshies are all fantastic people and it's been so much fun meeting them and starting out my derby journey with them. Overall it's been an overwhelmingly positive experience so far and I can't wait for more!