A Beginners Experience into Roller Derby
Bored? Lazy? Unsociable?
For me it’s pretty much a combination of the above… I’m over-thirty, giraffe tall, excessively sarcastic, and usually repel all forms of exercise, but how do I fix that?
Enter Bex, aka, the fabulous ‘Smashtronaut X5’ of Dorset Roller Girls, and my best online friend. We met thanks to a shared love of Formula One and, soon after, I discovered she was a skater.
One weekend I travelled down to visit her, and met up with the rest of her team at a fundraiser. The DRG’s are an awesome bunch, super rowdy but incredibly friendly, and I had an amazing time.
So now I had a new plan; become a roller girl.
I used to skate. I wasn’t fantastic, and I had issues with stopping which usually ended up with one of my mates being used as a human road block, but I wasn’t too bad.
First I had to check I could still do it. It had been a good ten years since I was last on wheels, but with Bex up for a return visit we headed to Rollerworld – my local rink, and got down to the business of skating.
Success! I skated… well! The old skills were still there and, as Rollin’ Dynamite had assured me, you don’t forget. I didn’t fall, I could still crossover and when a wayward kid lost it into the back of me, I didn’t go down.
Check me out, I didn’t suck at something! 😀
That was a fortnight ago and a lot has changed. Firstly, my bank account is now £200 lighter thanks to the fresh-meat kit I bought, along with a gum-shield and some stuff to customise my helmet with.
Secondly, I have a date with destiny next Monday, when I head off to my first training session with the Nottingham Roller Girls. I took a chance and contacted them, even though I knew they’d begun their intake, but because I could skate already it turns out I’m actually ahead of the other newbies – a first time for everything right?! So I’m kicking off my journey in Week 3.
Finally, I have never been more excited, with the possible exception of the time I was six and my dad said he was taking me to Alton Towers, and I don’t think I’ve felt more determined to succeed.
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