Roller Derby Skater – Molly Malign
Queen’s Court at the Queen City Roller Girls
Technical Solutions Engineer
How long have you been skating?
I’m coming up on my first derby-versary! (Started skating in June 2014)
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
When I stopped Irish Dance due to chronic injury, I started cross-training to try to fix some of the damage I had done (note to other new skaters – if you spend all of your time training on a few groups of muscles and you ignore the rest, you will wind up with muscle imbalances. These can cause long-term, chronic injury, and can end your athletic career. It sucks. CROSS TRAIN!!!). Anyways, when I was doing research on “fixing” myself, I found some roller derby blogs and got very intrigued (having seen Whip It the year before).
How often do you practice?
3 nights a week, and I skate outside on my own a few days a week. I also do HIIT and Plyometric cross training 5 days per week, and I do yoga and/or stretching every day.
What Pads do you use?
187 pro-derby knee pads, Atom elbow pads, and a pair of Seneca wrist guards that I have literally had since I was 10.
What Helmet do you use?
S-One Lifer bro! Nothing but the best XD
What skates do you use? I love my Luigino F-1’s with Falcon 2.0 plates. I usually skate on a combo of Lowboy 95’s with Juke 91 pushers. Toe stops are Bionic Bigfoots.
What were your first pair of skates? uck, I had gone cheap and bought some R-3 beginner skates. No arch support whatsoever (I was concerned about getting a stress fracture), and they started falling apart very quickly. I replaced them within 4 months of starting skating.
Lesson learned- never skimp on gear.
Where did your nickname come from?
Molly Malone is a character from Irish Folklore. I love staying in touch with my Irish heritage.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
I love when I finally “get” something that I’ve had a really hard time with. Like the first time that I was in the pack in a game situation, and I realized that I knew what I was doing, and I was being an effective, agile, strong, fearless blocker. That was the best feeling in the world. Now I just have to tackle my stamina so that I can jam better ^_^
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars? Don’t beat yourself up. I’m still trying to tell myself this every practice – I know that it’s cliched, but you can’t compare your “elementary” efforts to someone else who is comparatively “college”-level.
Also, my mantra when I’m skating – “stay low, butt down, eyes up, breathe”.