Derby Skater Profile – Nurse A. Grudge
South West Angels of Terror (S.W.A.T.) We are based in the South West of England.
Jack of all trades and master of none on the frontline of the NHS.
How long have you been skating?
Coming up to 18 months.
How did you get involved in roller derby?
I was looking for something new and different to do (am a bit of an adrenaline junkie) I watched Whip it! (yes, I am one of ‘those’ skaters!) and immediately knew it was for me!
How often do you practice?
I usually go to all four of the S.W.A.T. sessions per week. Total: 8 hours per week.
What helmet do you use?
Currently have a triple 8 helmet (black, matt) but have just had new helmet decals designed so definitely time for an upgrade! Am looking for a glossy, purple helmet if anyone knows where I can find one let me know!
What skates do you use?
I have recently bought some custom Antik AR1 skates (royal and sky blue) with the SureGrip Avernger DA45 plate (in magnesium). I currently using the Reckless Evader wheels (with a set of poisons in my bag just in case!) I love them and pretty sure they were made by unicorns with a few fairy kisses thrown in! Best thing I have ever put on my feet!
What were your first pair skates?
The Reidell R3’s. They were a great starter skate and definitely served a purpose. But I would never go back.
Where did your nickname come from?
Well, I am nurse and thought it would be funny to have a name related to that. I am also known to hold a bit of a grudge at times *hangs head in shame* – The fact that it is a well-known saying that created the pun was coincidental!
What is your favourite part about being a roller girl?
Could write loads here, there are so many thing I enjoy; being part of an amazing team, being fit and health. But the best thing for me, is the AMAZSOME friends I have made (on and off of the track). I have never had a group of friends that have such a high level of banter (had to seriously up my game!) But on the flip side, I could to turn to ‘in a crisis’ My teammates are the reason I love being a roller girl.
Any tops tips for up and coming derby superstars?
There is no easy way to become a better skater and teammate except to turn up to training regularly, work hard and push yourself that little bit further when it really starts to hurt. And never forget to enjoy it!