Roller Derby Skater – Flash Bo-Dash f2.8
S.W.A.T (South West Angels Of Terror)
Owner of â€œThe Woodbury Photography Studio http://www.woodburyphotographystudio.com/ and
Kimberly Rainford Photography http://www.kimberlyrainford.co.uk/
Photographic Artist/Freelance Photographer.
How long have you been skating?
Roller Skating since 6 years Old, Derby Since March 2012.
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I love skating. Simple as that! It makes me smile, makes me strong and I wanted to join team sport as the gym was getting boring. My Mother also got diagnosed with Cancer Sept 2011 and I wanted something that would help me to support her. By doing Derby I was stronger mentally and physically to do this.
How often do you practice?
Recreational skating once a week. Derby training 8 hours. Other training to support Derby (weights/Yoga/Cardio etc 2-3hrs) Recently looked into Historical European Martial Arts at a local fightschool to strengthen arms. Watch this space!
What Pads do you use?
–TSG Womens All Terrain knee and elbow (its all about the pink stars (although the knees have worn off totally now!)
-TSG Force Wrist guards from Billys http://www.billys.co.uk
-Illegal Bikes moldable shin guards from http://www.theboardinghouse.eu/
What Helmet do you use?
-Protech Classic in Black (although adorned with sports hall wall marks now, a lovely blue strip right down the middle!) from http://www.theboardinghouse.eu/
What skates do you use?
At the moment, my first Derby pair are Anarchy Havocs (I coloured in the black and white squares on the side as the design was too racing driver flag for me! customised with spacers, 4 x Suregrip 88a Pushers and the boot stretched to fit me perfectly on an industrial orthopaedic machine! (Top secret Location!) Soon to add blue bushings. Custom made black leather toe guards from a Derby friend.
What were your first pair of skates?
JAKO Tie On adjustable skates-Now vintage!
Where did your nick name come from?
I am a photographer so liked the name Flash. My number, f2.8, is my favourite aperture. I also wanted a number that I could hear clearly as the acoustics in those sports halls is awful sometimes! Not that they will be shouting it very much â€¦.but just in case (wink) I love the stories about the early Derby skaters, particularly Billy Bogash (Derby Name Flash Bogash) I also love skating fast so Flash Bo-Dash was born!
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
That skating has become part of my life again. I love the way it makes me feel and the challenges it presents and overcoming them. It’s a very empowering sport and the Derby world.mind blowing! Derby love is alive and well. You can feel it! You know when its there and if its not, there’s the support to regenerate it. Team spirit and a real sense of community surrounds this sport like no other. I also love being involved in the PR and Merch & Media side of things as I love photography and branding as it’s my day job!
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
I’m nowhere near knowledgeable enough to give advanced skaters advice, but here’s what I do to hopefully become the best I can be.
Try hard. and try harder next time. Practice may not make you perfect but it helps! Try and support your sport with other activities i.e. Yoga to help you stretch out legs and build core strength, cardio workouts to help with speed and stamina and weights to help strengthen arms etc for those waitress whips! Eat well and look after your body. The bonus is that you burn off so many calories skating you can have that extra chocolate bar! (Can’t be good all the time) Watch and learn from those better than you. Ask questions and listen. There is always somebody that loves Derby as much as you who will love to talk about it until the cows come home!
Flash Bo-Dash xxx
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