Being someone that has never been considered an athlete in any regard, making the Smokin’ Laces and winning an MVP jammer award this past season are two days I hold really high on my list of best and most unexpected things to ever happen to me. I just feel this sudden sense of “whoa, I can do this”, and learning that confidence and seeing myself get better is something I’m proud to look back on this season.
I try to attend as many practices as possible, skate outside of practice as much as possible, and to have success within practice I try to push my limits in drills and always get back up or keep going, no matter how tough it feels in that moment.
Right now my long-term derby goal and dream accomplishment is to one day skate with the Angels (our WFTDA ranked A-team).
There are big goals and small goals, but I try to just challenge my own limits and always have something to work and improve on!
I’m a very emotional person, and I’ve never had to learn to take feedback well. Joining derby, being part of a team, and wanting to grow as a skater (and person) has forced me to acknowledge this and push past my emotions so I can better support my team and take advice from my teammates and coaches.
Malice & Oz (Rookie & Bunnies coaches) have both given me amazing pep talks and great coaching. I’m very thankful for every bit of advice both have offered to me this past year as a new skater because it has helped me through learning blocks and helped me conquer so much on and off the track.
I’m still learning about different resources for derby but my best advice is to just find skaters that are doing what you want to do and talk to them, go to games and volunteer in your free time, learn about NSO’ing and reffing, just totally throw yourself into the world of derby.