Roller Derby Skater – Go Go Gadget Skates

roller derby skater - Go Go Gadget SkatesDerby Name:
Go Go Gadget Skates

Derby Team:
Dundee Roller Girls (Silvery Tayzers)

Occupation:
PhD Student

How long have you been skating?
Just over 2 years

Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I’d heard a lot about the sport through friends and thought it sounded fun. I’m not one for large group activities but this seemed different.

How often do you practice?
6 hours a week, with 2 hours for scrimmage.

What Pads do you use?
Protec Elbow guards, 187 Pro Knee pads, SFR wrist guards.

What Helmet do you use?
Protec, not sure what model. It’s black and shiny 😀

What skates do you use?
Antik MG-2. I upgraded last year following my return to derby after injury. I wanted more support in my ankles and boy do these skates provide it. I’ve never felt more stable.

What were your first pair of skates?
Riedell R3’s were my first skates. They served me well and I would recommend them as a great starting skate.

Where did your nick name come from?
I had a few derby names before I settled on this one. It came to me at the after party following Battle Royale in 2010. I spotted a girl with “Go Go Boots” on her shirt and then had a lightbulb moment of remembering Inspector Gadget and his rocket skates. Most of the league call me Gadget now, the only time my full name is used is in bouts.

What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
It has to be the support network as well as all the friends I’ve made. DRG is one of the friendliest leagues I’ve known and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Learn your rules! You might be a fantastic skater but it means nothing if you don’t know the rules inside out. We all make mistakes, even the superstars, but at least if you know your rules, you know where you went wrong. Rather than sitting in the bin wondering what you could of done wrong.

Photography credit goes to Magdalen Green Photography

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