Roller Derby Skater – Toxic Block Syndrome
Skater for Bourne Bombshells, head coach for Bomb S’Quad
How long have you been skating?
Coming up to three years
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I went to university with Panda Grenade, who was NSOing for LRR. We both spent too much time late at night on MSN messenger, and she used to talk about roller derby all the time. A local team popped up, and I jumped at the chance!
How often do you practice?
The Bombshells train for 6 hours a week, and the Bomb S’Quad for 2, so I attend as many of those as I can when work doesn’t get in the way. I also attend scrimmages and bootcamps as often as I can, and do recreational skating as well.
What Pads do you use?
I’m using hired hands wrist guards, which I upgraded to after a finger break. 187 Derby Pro knee pads, and some cheap Triple 8 elbow pads which I’m about to replace for something better!
What Helmet do you use?
I’m currently using a Bobbin metallic gold helmet, but it’s almost time for a replacement… I bought the Bobbin purely because it’s the shiniest thing I’ve ever seen – My sensible head says I should get a hockey helmet, but I’m not willing to commit to that yet.
What skates do you use?
I’m on Bont Carbon Hybrids with a pilot falcon plate.
What were your first pair of skates?
Where did your nick name come from?
It’s actually my second derby name – I was looking to change the old one (had some problems with announcer pronunciation and people missing the pun), and had come up with ‘Toxic Avenge Her’ (I love the Toxic Avenger movies), and one of our refs commented in response with “Toxic Shock Syndrome”, which became Toxic Block Syndrome. I was never into the name thing all that much though, so I decided that this year I would drop my derby name, and start to skate under my mum’s name instead.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
I really love learning new skills and setting myself challenges, and of course, coaching gives me the change to help others to do the same which is one of my favourite parts. I’m very grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had through roller derby, the confidence it’s given me, and all the people I’ve met through it. It’s changed my life.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Set yourself goals, push yourself, and take every opportunity you can to skate with people who are better than you. Read the rules, read rules discussions, ask questions, go to bootcamps, go to scrimmages, watch footage, contribute to the running of your league and lap up every opportunity that the sport offers you.