By granitecityrollerderby, Feb 3 2017 10:00AM
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome our Skater of the Month for February, Line-Up for the Northern Fights, Co-Captain of the Fight Hawks, Pert Hits!
We caught up with her for a chat.
What is your day job?
I'm a teacher. Qualified as a maths teacher but my current post in a social work setting sees me teach other bits and pieces too.
What do you do for fun (besides Derby)?
Other than skating I'm a bit of a craft fiend. Cross stitching, crochet, little bit of knitting... a fair few other things. And whilst it's not a hobby, walking my dog seems like all I ever do these days.
How did you get started in Roller Derby?
One evening I had a passing fancy to go to a roller disco. Quick search on the Internet and whilst there are no roller disco facilities in Aberdeen...there was a roller derby team. Persuaded a friend of mine to come along with me to the intake and that's it. Never looked back.
Do you have any advice for people just starting out?
My advice would be to someone just starting out - NSO. It's a good way to meet more folk in your league, super helpful when it comes to game day but for those looking to compete, its the best way to get a good handle on the rules before you start competing
What's your ideal skate setup?
I know nothing about gear. I'm the worst. I like my metal plates because I'm a bigger lass and feel they are less likely to snap than plastic ones. I skate in Riddell 265 boots. And my wheels are round. ish. Slightly coned. But it's ok.
What is your proudest Derby moment?
Proudest moment? Just one? That's an impossible task! I've been derbying for 6 years. And it seems like each year there's something else to be proud of.
One of my fondest memories was when I was fairly fresh mins passed. And had scrimmed a handful of times. I found the infamous Riot sisters kept gunning for me. Whilst annoying and terrifying, someone told me it's because they found me a threat. I don't even care if that's not true. It's my memory and I'm keeping it!