Roller Derby Skater – Vampira
South West Angels of Terror (S.W.A.T)
How long have you been skating?
Since March 2010
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I saw an advert for retro roller boots in a magazine at work & said to my colleague how I’d love an excuse to be able to put my old skates back on. She told me about a sport called Roller Derby that was big in London. I’d never heard of it but we Googled for local teams and as luck would have it there was a website advertising for a new team starting up in Taunton the next week! It was fate that this would be the new sport to take over my life!
How often do you practice?
5 hours per week
What Helmet do you use?
I went through 2 or 3 helmets over 6 months as I just couldn’t seem to find the right fitting one. Obviously I have an odd size head that is neither small/medium of medium/large! Finally found a black shiny Capix Opener one with umpteen different set of pads so now I have the perfect custom fit with mix and match pads inside.
What skates do you use?
Vanilla Brass Knuckles
What were your first pair of skates?
Oooh they were red vintage adjustable ones that strapped onto your shoes. They were total death traps as they never stayed on properly!
Where did your nick name come from?
I love Halloween and vampires so wanted something related to that genre which I could build a character around. Vamp combined with an anagram of my name Ria became Vampira!
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
That’s a tough one as I love EVERYTHING about being a Roller Girl!
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Keep pushing yourself and don’t say you can’t do something until you’ve actually tried it! Yes some of the Derby moves look scary but don’t underestimate yourself.
Something I’ve learnt from my Tae Kwon Do instructor is that if volunteers are needed for a drill – be the first to put your hand up! Odds are you will have to participate at some point so why wait, crack on and get on with it.