Roller Derby Skater – Mighty Bee

Roller Derby Skater - Mighty Bee

Derby Name:
Mighty Bee

Derby Team:
Rapscallion Rollers, Penzance

Occupation:
Youth Homelessness Operations Officer

How long have you been skating?
13 months

Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I had been searching for years for a sport that I enjoyed to lose some weight and get fit went through all the usual stuff (boring!!) and then a fellow skater was starting the Raps! Not only was it a sport that instantly caught my attention but it was also amazing being part of the initial team and feeling that I was part of something new and exciting in Penzance.

How often do you practice?
2 x 2 hour formal sessions per week and then a 2 hour informal (including cross training) session.

What Pads do you use?
Smith Scabs pads

What Helmet do you use?
Bullet helmet

What skates do you use?
GT-50’s with BZerk Schitzo wheels

What were your first pair of skates?
Riedell Volts

Where did your nick name come from?
Long story! I have a 3 year old, who when learning to talk heard friends and family refer to me as Phe (my name being Pheona). He quickly adapted this to Bee and it stuck. Now everyone I know (including him!) call me Bee. So when looking for a name, I included this in my search. Turns out that there is a little known old comic character on roller blades called Mighty B and so I stole that.

What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
As most skaters probably allude to, I love my derby sisters! Being part of something new locally means that we have really bonded quickly and even though we are new and lacking in skills we have really gelled as a team, which is half the battle won! I also love that even with my blockers ass I get to wear hotpants and no-one bats an eyelid.

Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Genuinely ANYONE can do this sport at some level. Whether you are going to take 2 months or 2 years to pass min skills there is a place for you in each team and you will always strive to do better, an attitude which inevitably spills out into the rest of your life. And watch as much live roller derby as possible (if you aren’t on the track yourself!) as it is the only way to really learn!

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