Derby Player Profile – Fu-Quinn Hell
Derby Team: Wakey Wheeled Cats
Occupation: Legal Administrator
How long have you been skating? I started around May 2009, but have had 12 months out for injury during that time.
Why did you get involved in roller derby? I heard about it through a friend who joined LRG not long after they started up. Something about the sport appealed to me, but I wasn’t in a position to start a team up myself (the closest at the time was Birmingham). A few years on, I still liked the idea of a contact sport that was geared towards women and so Feline Fatale and I started up WWC.
How often do you practice? I skate at least twice a week, between 4-8 hours. I also do activities outside of derby practice to try and keep the fitness up (cycling, motocross sort of, and a whole load of walking).
What Pads do you use? Currently: 187 Fly knee pads, Anarchy elbow pads, Roces wristguards and a home-made collarbone protector, made out of some old McDavid bum-pads, a Nike sports bra and some gaffer tape (much-needed after a collar-bone injury!).
What Helmet do you use? A sticker-covered TSG helmet. I really need a new one. I’m probably not as careful with my head as I should be.
What skates do you use? Custom Riedell 965 Minx boots, with PowerDyne Triton plates. Seriously comfortable boots, I recommend them to anyone.
What were your first pair of skates? Riedell R3’s little gems they were! Lasted me 2 years and are now being used by Snarles Bronson.
Where did your nick name come from? My surname is Quinn; the full name came about after a drunken “Eureka” moment, following a few frustrating weeks of finding that every name I wanted was already registered (Flux Incapacitator being my favourite). My skate name has attracted some controversy, people think it’s either clever and funny, or offensive. In all honestly I was going to drop my skate name, until the controversy reared its head. Now I’m determined to keep it although most people know me as Fu.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl? As much as I love the sport, and the challenges that it gives me (physically, emotionally and mentally), the thing that is most important to me is the camaraderie of being in a team. I absolutely love my team. I can’t imagine not having them all around me.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars? I’m not sure I’m the right person to be giving tips, I’m not there myself yet!
That said, for skaters new to the sport, I would say this: There is more to the game than fishnets and glory, it takes hard work, commitment, compromise, patience, a sense of humour and sometimes the odd broken bone to be up there with the best of your team’s skaters. Always be upfront with your team, take time out if you need it and make safety a priority.