Roller Derby Skater – Buffy Smothers

Roller Derby Skater - Buffy SmothersDerby Name:
Buffy Smothers

Derby Team:
Surrey Rollergirls

Studying an MSc in Social psychology looking to get into social psychology research when done to build up experience for a PhD.

How long have you been skating?
I have been skating and playing derby just over two years.

Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I had a friend who was just getting involved herself, who mentioned that this might be right up my street. I enjoy learning new skills, especially for a sport with a bit of a twist. I also liked the idea of being able to bash into people, on skates, as I have a slight attraction to contact (and violent) sports.

How often do you practice?
I practice 3-4 times a week currently. One of those is co-ed then I usually try to get to another league one day a week. This usually ends up being a local co-ed Scrimmage. I then try to do extra core work outside of sessions, but that doesn’t always happen as frequently as it could…

What Pads do you use? Knees pads, wrists and elbows?
I use 187’s.

What Helmet do you use?
Triple 8 helmet

What skates do you use?
Riedell 495, which I have only recently started skating in so I am still in the process of getting used to them.

What were your first pair of skates?
Riedell R3’s.

Where did your nick name come from?
I am a massive Joss Whedon fan, in particular Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So to represent my geekiness I thought this should have some interaction with my derby name – along with some reference to violence, so Buffy Summers became Buffy Smothers.

What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
Erm. I guess how far I’ve come in such a short space of time, I mean I’m not on Team England or anything like that but I am now one of the main coaches of our league and co-captain of the A team. I think I appreciate the others in the derby world, the love and fun that there is in such a supportive community – without that it wouldn’t be the sport I love.

Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
One of the most important skills is working on is how to support and develop other skaters around you, as well as to focus on your own skills. So work out how to bring up the performance of those on track with you and you will go far!

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