Category: Events


Derby Sponges, A Music Video, New Sparkly Skates & Playing Roller Derby With The Best Of The Best!

Posted on 2nd June, by Flash Bo-Dash in Derby Skates, Events, knee pads, Roller Derby. No Comments

Oh Boy!!!!! What a Month! This one has been crammed full of Derby goodness with me right in the middle of it lapping every second up. Sometimes I do feel like my everyday life is no longer separate from my Derby life as it’s being gradually sucked into a big Derby sponge! Sometimes I need to squeeze that sponge out though and take a step back as it’s easy to suddenly wake up and realise you haven’t seen non Derby related friends for ages, or worn anything other than Dri-fit and team colours!

I had the perfect opportunity to change this one Sunday at the end of April. I was carrying on as usual when I was introduced to the possibility of being in a music video which was being shot locally! The band, The Computers, were taking over a … Read More »



Sunshine, A Win, New Skates, Dangle Derby and A New Team Sponsor! A Good Derby Month All In All!

Hard to start a blog when it’s so Sunny outside! I have been massively sidetracked with important stuff and some not so important stuff today, but thought I would just start typing and see where it goes!

I guess one of the biggest things since we spoke last was that my team S.W.A.T (South West Angels Of Terror) played in and won the final of The South West League.

Wiltshire, Dorset, Plymouth, Kernow and us have been playing against each other in double header bouts since October last year to see who would be crowned the best team in The South West League, for the years 12/13. So far we hadn’t lost a game, so spirits were high and on 6th April this year we took the title and the lovely trophy that had been made to mark the occasion!

The … Read More »



2012 The Year Derby Found Me. 2013 To Infinity & Beyond!

Posted on 31st December, by Flash Bo-Dash in Derby Skates, Events, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater. No Comments

Well this is fun. Writing straight out of my brain again and throwing my thoughts right onto the keys!

It’s New Years Eve and I am in a bit of a panic (like every New Year) but MEGA excited as it’s the time of year in my Shire that EVERYONE dresses up in Fancy Dress. The only day where I look normal! You may know by now that it’s one of my guilty pleasures, fancy dress and over the years I have ecrued a number of outfits from Wonder Woman to Medusa, Vampire Nurse to Captain of a ship! I always make the excuse that it can be worn next year, but next year comes and inevitably I want to create something new to wear/someone to be for the night!

Pulling all this back to Derby as of course that is … Read More »



Derek The Deer & A Magical Unicorn Share Dash’s Derby Life This Week!

Posted on 9th December, by Flash Bo-Dash in Events, knee pads, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. No Comments

Well what a week! I was so busy even the blog missed it’s normal Friday slot! It’s a crazy time for us photographers this time of year and I have mostly been shooting kids in Xmas hats with my trusty fluffy assistant, Derek the Deer!

Fear not though, I’m sat in my Xmas jumper and sage green Xmas treeified skinny jeans all Christmassed up writing blog no.19 , (yes 19!!!!!) for you now. I have the hat on as my boiler has broken (again) so I have no hot water OR heating! I guess it makes it feel a lot more wintry which may add to the Xmasy feel I guess! Trying to see the positive but to be honest, after getting home from training this week and discovering I had no hot water, wasn’t funny, at all! … Read More »



Was A”Bout” Time I Burst My SWAT Cherry! & What A Game To Do It In…

Posted on 23rd November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Blocking, Derby Skates, elbow pads, Events, Helmet, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. No Comments

Well the big thing in my Derby life was that I popped my bout cherry with the SWAT girls on Saturday (technically being a Fairy in the bout in Gloucester was my first bout, but this was my first playing on the Travel Team for SWAT) So how was it? Well I wasn’t sick, I didn’t wet myself and I actually enjoyed it so all was good! My first line up was with Bolty next to me and there was a definite stare out fest between their jammer and us with Fanny Havok giving as good as she got! It all went so fast though and it was over before it had begun in my mind and all I wanted to do was carry on and do it again! Definitely felt I had more to give and I’m raring to … Read More »



NEWS FLASH!!!! Unfiltered, Un-Doctored & Straight Out Of My Brain!!! Ouch!

Posted on 16th November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Events, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater. No Comments

NEWS FLASH!!!!

This is more live coverage of my life rather than a blog as I am writing live! (not that I am normally dead when I write but I do write my blog on my laptop and mark it like being my own teacher, pontificate a bit, swap sentences round and make sure I haven’t offended anyone in the writing process!

This is me, writing straight onto the Roller Derby UK website, unfiltered, un-doctored and straight out of my brain!!! Ouch!…….Why? (you may ask) well, I chose to do a NEWS FLASH of sorts as time is slipping away from me and I have to get ready for a very BIG event………

………….and I am playing! My first bout as a fully fledged Derby girl for S.W.A.T!

Mega excited as you can probably tell and have been upping my game, practicing hard … Read More »



My Sweat Has Sweat On It!

Posted on 2nd November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Events, Helmet, How to play Roller Derby2, Review, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. No Comments

“My sweat has sweat on it!” .That was my status last night after training! It amazes me what my S.W.A.T girls are capable of and there is something that blows my mind at every session.

So as you can see, I am finally back on my skates after my tooth catastrophe!…and I love it!

My first session back was a couple of weeks ago now. It was a light one and I had the pleasure of being Smousey, our Fresh Meat coach for S.W.A.T’s, demo model for our new Fresh Meaties! This was a lot of fun and I finally got to meet everyone who had taken the fabulous leap into the world of Derby. This session was the Freshies first proper training session and I was Smousey. Debbie Mcgee to her Paul Daniels! I wanted to wear more glitter but … Read More »



Just Lay Back & Think Of Skating!

Posted on 12th October, by Flash Bo-Dash in Events, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater. No Comments

Aggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!

What to do when you write a weekly blog and you’re poorly? Last Friday was looming and all I could think of was (amongst another mountain of things) how am I going to write my blog and even if I do what am I going to write about? Needless to say, I couldn’t, didn’t and went on to have a very poorly week.

Roll on this Friday. It’s a bit silly as I am writing most of the time about the past, about my time as a rookie, but when I do skate in the week it almost aids me and inspires my writing. Last week I was so poorly I just couldn’t. What’s wrong with me you ask? It’s a tooth thing. Abscess so the pain takes over your world!!!!!

I have had to go back to the dentist today for … Read More »



Dusty, Busty, Musty Old English Teachers, The Stresses Of A Ref And Looking Like Wallace & Grommit!

This is my 11th Blog for Roller Derby UK. That’s about 15000 words so far! Nearly enough for my book! (I like to aim high) Just maybe!?

I never thought that I would actually enjoy writing every week. I guess it helps to be passionate about the subject, but to be honest with you, I was put off taking my English education any further than the school gates when I was younger. My best friend and I spent most of the time shut in the stationary cupboard by our English teacher!

She thought she was punishing us but we didn’t half have fun in that cupboard which became our second home! There was a T.V (which didn’t work, much to our dismay, as our lesson was bang on neighbours time after lunch) There was also a window so pretending we had … Read More »



Shooting Fairies, A Scary Jam and Deep Breathing all things a Derby Girl Needs!


Saturday went very well! Couldn’t go any better really as my team S.W.A.T won! The main bout was a joy to behold as ‘The Big Girls’ played with skill and passion and all us Fresh Meat graduates became ever so more slightly in love with our team and the game!

I sat in my fav position, a suicide seat and took my trusty camera. I wasn’t going to take many shots but my passion took over and I couldn’t help myself! Here are some shots that document some fun and frivolity that happened on the track, yet also shows the dedicated strength and perseverance on the faces of all the girls that played. Good game SRT!

So how did my first bout go? I LOVED IT! Every second of it from the arrival, … Read More »





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