Roller Derby Skater – Hobbitzilla
Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby
How long have you been skating?
Just over a year and a half now!
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
It’s the old clich: I watched Whip It and thought it looked incredible. I loved skating and rollerblading when I was younger and needed an excuse to start skating again, and derby really intrigued me. I had no idea that roller derby happened in the UK, let alone there was a team right on my doorstep! Iâ€™m dreadful at pretty much every other sport on the planet and had no interest in exercise until I found this. I went to my first session a year and half ago and I’ve never looked back since.
How often do you practice?
Once a week for 2 hours, but now I’m hopefully looking to go twice a week. I need more derby!
What Pads do you use?
I have Killer 187 knee pads and they’re fab, my old skinny pads used to get me all bruised and bashed. 187’s are bulky to begin with but you quickly adapt. I use Triple 8 elbow pads and wrist guards and they’ve served me well, but they’re starting to get a little worse for wear, I want to upgrade to Anarchy or 187 when I can afford it!
What Helmet do you use?
I recently got a Triple 8 Brainsaver and it’s great so far, my old helmet was a bad fit but this one’s nice and snug.
What skates do you use?
Suregrip Rock GT50. They’re great for me as I have ridiculously tiny and wide feet, and they’re really comfy.
What were your first pair of skates?
Good old Odyssey Blazer Disco skates. I still use them if I want to do a bit of outdoor skating!
Where did your nick name come from?
People call me Hobbit due to my lack of height (I’m just about 4 foot 11!) and I like to think when I’m on track I take on a slightly tougher persona than my everyday self. Hence Hobbitzilla!
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
The strength it has given me, both physically and mentally. I’m a lot fitter now than when I began and it’s given me so much confidence, I’m not afraid to stand up for myself. Plus I love the sense of family and belonging within the roller derby community as a whole, and within my team. I love my team!
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Keep trying. It’s too easy to compare yourself to others and feel dejected when you have difficulty mastering a certain aspect of the sport. If you set goals, don’t give up, and be kind to yourself when you fail, you can do pretty much anything.
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