Roller Derby Skater – Red Mist
Hot Wheel Roller Derby
How long have you been skating?
Since May 2009
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I wanted to start roller skating again and start doing something for myself; a hobby/activity which gave me some time out and meet new people.
How often do you practice?
3 times per week. 2 hours Tues night, 2 hours Thurs night and 3 hours on Sunday.
What Helmet do you use?
Bog standard helmet from Stateside Skates. It was plain black but I gave it a custom paint job by putting fishnet tights over it and spray painting it with red!
What skates do you use?
I use Reno Millenium Plus II roller hockey skates in blue and gold. I don’t use toe stops on my skates. In fact no one at Hot Wheel Roller Derby does!
What were your first pair of skates?
My first derby skates were Riedells. Can’t remember the model but similar to the R3 (I still have them though). First EVER pair were some beautiful royal blue and yellow disco boots which I wore til they nearly fell apart!
Where did your nick name come from?
I used to do Medieval re-enactment when at University and used to fight with a sword. As I had long red hair, a few of the guys called me Red Sonia. When I started playing derby I wanted to use that but someone already had it however I really wanted to keep Red, so came up with Mist as the perfect addition. I also liked that Red Mist is the term to describe what happens to people when they get REALLY angry, ‘when the red mist comes down’.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
I love skating, pure and simple. It’s exhilerating and addictive, but I have to say that equal to the skating is being part of a great team of fantastic people who are like a second family. I also love bouting in front of a crowd and taking this wonderful sport out to showcase to new people. I also love the full contact aspect of the game and how strategic it is.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Just throw yourselves headlong into this sport and immerse yourselves fully into the world of your League and you will find your life enhanced and enriched like never before! And practice. Lots. And get really really fit as speed, strength, agility and power don’t just happen on their own, you need to work at it. Support your team mates too and you will get all their support in return. Listen to good advice and then give it back out to newer girls who will then want to learn from you.
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