Roller Derby Skater – MellFire
Central New York Roller Derby (CNYRD) Central NY, US
Social Worker, Casemanager
How long have you been skating?
Since August of 2008
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
A friend saw a myspace ad, thought I would make a bitchin’ derby girl and forwarded it to me, I thought it could be fun, but assumed that the team would be full of giant meanies that would beat the crap out of me and decided against joining. I then watched the team compete in July and immediately fell in love with the sport and had had immediate derby crushes on each of the girls. I knew that I could not live another moment without being a part of this sport.
How often do you practice?
I practice at least 2-3 times a week, two league practices and an A/B team practice or I attend a men’s team practice. I also lift weights twice a week and I try to attend a fitness/boot campÂ or yoga class once a week.
What Pads do you use?
I currently use Smith Scabs elbow and knee pads with gaskets and TSG wrist guards.
What Helmet do you use?
I wear a green triple eight helmet. It has been heavily decorated with stickers, I am currently researching a new helmet to wear when I bout.
What skates do you use?
Antiks! Custom white, purple, black with silver- they are beautiful.
What were your first pair of skates?
I started skating on Riedell artistic skates, with “boat anchor” plates.
Where did your nick name come from?
MellFire is like HellFire I guess, there is another story that our league founder tells, but its a bit frisky. You can contact Little Bastard for that story if you want.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
The evolution of roller derby is what I love, it has allowed me to evolve as an athlete and a person. I am a better/stronger person since I found roller derby. Something was missing in my life when I found derby. Now that I have it, I can not live life without it. Within the past 10 months I have improved my skating, I have become more disciplined and more dedicated to a healthier lifestyle. I enjoy that roller derby has become more aboutÂ athleticism/strategy and less about fishnets and quirky get ups. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fishnets.
I am very fortunate that my significant other/future husband chose to be involved as a referee. This means that I get to travel with him, practice with him, watch roller derby and have general roller derby discussions with him. This makes my love/obsessionÂ with roller derby so much easier. Sharing my love of roller derby with him is also a favorite part of being a roller girl. I don’t have to choose between my love of derby and him.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Stick with it, and don’t be afraid to reevaluate why you play. You will evolve as a player, you can not always dedicate your life to this sport, sometimes you can give 100% and sometimes you have to step back a bit. Just make sure you come back or you will regret it. Also if you want to be a good player, showing up to one practice a week will not make you a good player. Go to practice as often as possible (go to other leagues’ practices), cross train, eat properly and get enough sleep. It will pay off.
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