Roller Derby Skater – Viva Glam #R3D
Psychopathogens (Peninsula Roller Girls)
High school English teacher
How long have you been skating?
Since early 2010
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I’ve never really been an â€œathlete,â€ but when I first heard about roller derby, I knew I just HAD to try it. I fell in love with all the usual stuff people fall in love with about derby the personas, the toughness, the pageantry but I also fell in love with the sport itself. For me, it’s the perfect combination of strategy and hard-hitting action.
How often do you practice?
Our league practices about 3 days a week, and I generally spend all the other days of the week running or going to Crossfit to keep my conditioning up for roller derby.
What Pads do you use?
Triple 8 elbow pads, 187 wrist guards, and 187 Pro knee pads (with white caps).
What skates do you use?
Riedell Wickeds (265 boot with Dynapro plates); for wheels, I have four-sets each of Atom D-Rods (95a), G-Rods (93a), and Stingers (88a) that I rotate around depending on what durometer I want. I also have a full set of Radar Mojos (88a) and Radar Zens (85a) for outdoors.
What were your first pair of skates?
Sure Grip Rebel
Where did your nick name come from?
MAC Viva Glam I is my favourite red lipstick. I’m a total makeup junkie.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
I enjoy the fact that it’s a complete departure from my daytime life. It’s a brutal, physical sport, and it’s my outlet. I also enjoy the social aspect of being in a derby league we really are like family, for better or for worse.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
With rare exceptions, no one becomes a superstar overnight. (I’ve been skating for two and a half years, and there’s no way I consider myself a superstar.) As I often quote to newbie skaters, Everyone’s path to derby is different. Worry about yourself, and don’t waste time comparing yourself to others. You will get there when you get there.
When it comes to derby, you get what you give. This sport is wonderful in that there is a pretty direct correlation between the amount of time you spend working on it and the amount you improve. Work on your skills even outside of practice, study the rules, watch a lot of derby, and keep yourself fit and healthy.
Roller derby attracts a lot of strong personalities. You won’t always get along with everyone, but it’s important to stay professional and minimize conflict.
Invest in really good knee pads. I highly recommend the ones I’m wearing, the 187 Pro pads. It’s like falling on pillows.
Don’t get too caught up in outfits and names at the beginning. You can’t be a derby superstar until you can actually, you know, PLAY. Derby culture is fun, but you need to have the skills to back it up. Nothing is more humbling than being completely laid out because you spent more time on your makeup than learning how to properly take a hit.
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