Derby Player Profile – Madame Whipcrash
Wakey Wheeled Cats
How long have you been skating?
2 and a half year
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
Having spent years trying out different types of exercise, I wanted something that kept me motivated to do it, after hearing about the team I went to watch my first match, and instantly fell in love, immediately bought my kit for my first session, and have never looked back.
How often do you practice?
We train 2 nights a week, the least I skate is 4 hours a week, but now I’ve become a little addicted to training and have started doing Body Pump and Body Combat 4 hours a week to really get my fitness and conditioning to its peak.
What Pads do you use?
A complete mish mash at the moment, Smith Scab knee pads, bullet elbow pads and SFR wrist guards. It’s taken a fair few sets of pads to finally find the right fit.
What Helmet do you use?
A lovely, glossy red Pro-Tec helmet
What skates do you use?
At the moment I’m still using my Riedell R3’s, but I’m 2 weeks away from receiving my Riedell Wickeds.
What were your first pair of skates?
My R3’s, they’ve lasted me well, but having lost a fair bit of weight, my feet appear to have shrunk too, so was time to upgrade.
Where did your nick name come from?
I’m sure that I had the same weeks of hell coming up with my name as every other derby girl. Looking at everything and trying to turn it into something witty. Originally I wanted Pummeller Anderson, which I am now so glad was taken. I wanted something that sounded a bit sassy, the 2 in the final vote were Madame Whipcrash and Calamity Maim, majority voted for Whipcrash, but to honest, I mostly go by Whippy now.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
There are so many reasons I could list here, obviously I love being part of a team, being fit and healthy and doing something I enjoy, but the thing that drives me to keep on doing it are my team mates, without the great friendships I’ve formed from this team, it wouldn’t be the same. I love that I have someone I can go to if I’m feeling blue, someone if I want to be silly, someone if I want a cuddle, someone to have a beer with, someone to take the mickey out of me and someone to be honest about my skating ability, WWC are the best bunch of girls I have ever and could ever wish to meet.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Think this is where I could probably use the tips.
I’d say, turn up to every session with a positive attitude, if you think negative, you are not at your best. Don’t compare yourself to other skaters, there will always be someone bigger and better so don’t beat yourself up about it. Push yourself to the limits, try something new when you have a spare 5 minutes in training, express ideas and ask for positive feedback and constructive criticism, It will make you a stronger skater in the long run.