Roller Derby Skater – Shamrock N. Roller
Shamrock N. Roller
Santa Cruz Derby Girls, Boardwalk Bombshells
How long have you been skating?
I have been playing roller derby since 2007. I participated in competitive artistic roller skating when I was younger from the age of 9 – 12.
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I was looking for a way to exercise, meet people, get in shape when my son was about 2 years old. With my background in skating and water polo I was really hoping to find something that incorporated that and within days of beginning to look an article about roller derby in Santa Cruz was in one of the local papers. After reading it, I immediately called and signed up to attend an informational meeting.
How often do you practice?
I typically practice 2 to 3 days a week depending on my schedule.
What Pads do you use?
What Helmet do you use?
Our league is sponsored by Bell Helmets and I find them to be the most comfortable and safest helmet on the market. It’s also awesome that our helmets our customized for our league.
What skates do you use?
Custom skates, Reidell boot 495 Black with Red Croc on the tongue and backstay with Powerdyne Reactor Plates. Juke 93A wheels.
What were your first pair of skates?
Reidell R3 package skates from Skateworks.
Where did your nickname come from?
My derby name Shamrock N. Roller came from me wanting a name connected with my Irish heritage. I also wanted a fun name that was a play on words and that’s how I came up with Shamrock, middle initial N. and then Roller as opposed to having it be Rollher. I didn’t want it to be obvious and common, I wanted it to be clever mixed with the connection to my lineage.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
This is something that has changed throughout my years of playing the sport, today it would be that roller derby is the greatest sport I have ever played, it’s a great workout and I love being part of a team. It’s a game that is constantly evolving and requires players to be adaptable, smart and physical.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Stick with it, stay focused on playing the game, learning from others and understanding the rules and most importantly have fun!
Want to know more about Shamrock N. Roller? Well, check out her blog: http://shamrocknroller.blogspot.co.uk/
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