Category: Roller Derby


Knees Are Very Important In Life! (& For Roller Derby)

Posted on 30th November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Derby Skates, knee pads, pads, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. 2 Comments

So did we get to training last weekend??? Noooooooo is the sad sad answer.The floods were just too bad and it was touch and go whether we would make it back …..without a boat (or someone with a batman car) so ‘The Topsham Massive’ as we are collectively called in our car share, made a very grown up decision to stay in bed! Ha ha well not quite but we all were in out PJs I think when we were discussing it over the tinternet in the warm (I won’t tell you what time of day it was!)

As it happened it was the right thing to do as the rain came in hard just after training and my town was cut off from the rest of the world completely! Quite exciting really but it didn’t help matters though when I … 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 »



Baking Cakes Isn’t So Different To Baking Derby Girls!

Posted on 9th November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Roller Derby. No Comments

This week was mostly about being happy!!!!

We have had two Birthdays in the team and that always makes me smile and get my cake making head firmly screwed on. I don’t consider myself a baker or even a cook as I generally live on ready meals (the healthy ones if there is such a thing) and toast, but I do like to throw myself into a good cake baking sesh! I love the creativeness of it all. I trained in ceramics/metals and 3D design for my BA (hons) so I like the sculptural side of things and making something out of nothing.

At the beginning of my cake making career I did suffer from impatience when mixing the ingredients etc but from experience I have learnt that it takes time and commitment to become a cake maker and after a … 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 »



Derby Bird

Posted on 1st November, by Martin in Roller Derby. No Comments

I saw this and had to share it. It seems that the Roller Derby bug is spreading

 

 


Ooooooooooooooo! Blog no.13. Lucky For Some!

Posted on 19th October, by Flash Bo-Dash in Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater. 2 Comments

Well I can’t say that this week hasn’t been challenging so I can see why blog number 13 may be a bit of an interesting one…. Lucky for some!

The tooth problems? ……….well they continued ………along with a sickness bug, a headache, earache, exposed nerves in my jaw from where they took the tooth (from a traumatic extraction they called it..no kidding!) This led to a 7th emergency visit to the Dentist and to top it all off a sore throat! This was all mashed up with a pinch of a car crash where someone drove right into me on the way to Fresh Meat, stopping me getting there!

Needless to say I felt like the Gods were against me slightly in my quest to get back to skating! It’s been tough, really tough, but I’ll say it again, when something takes … 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 »



Roller Derby Book, Interview and Competition

Posted on 4th October, by Martin in Roller Derby. No Comments

Hello fellow skaters, book lovers and competition enthusiasts.

We have a treat for you. The Lovley Red Tash (author and derby skater) is giving you the chance to win a copy of her NEW BOOK!!!

She very generously took the time out to speak to us about writing and of course Roller Derby.

Read on for the full interview. Details at the end of the interview to enter the competition.

 Interview with Red Tash —————

Thanks very much for taking the time to do this.

I see that your book is getting 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon! That’s very impressive are you pleased with how people are responding to your book “Troll or Derby”?

Couldn’t be more pleased! The only thing that would make me happier would be to see the book take off, for the roller derby community to notice it and … 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 »





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