Tag: pads


Derby Sponges, A Music Video, New Sparkly Skates & Playing Roller Derby With The Best Of The Best!

Posted on 2nd June, by Flash Bo-Dash in Derby Skates, Events, knee pads, Roller Derby. No Comments

Oh Boy!!!!! What a Month! This one has been crammed full of Derby goodness with me right in the middle of it lapping every second up. Sometimes I do feel like my everyday life is no longer separate from my Derby life as it’s being gradually sucked into a big Derby sponge! Sometimes I need to squeeze that sponge out though and take a step back as it’s easy to suddenly wake up and realise you haven’t seen non Derby related friends for ages, or worn anything other than Dri-fit and team colours!

I had the perfect opportunity to change this one Sunday at the end of April. I was carrying on as usual when I was introduced to the possibility of being in a music video which was being shot locally! The band, The Computers, were taking over a … Read More »



Jam Packed, Jammer packed, Pack Is Here! Yes Derby Filled To The Brim!!!

Posted on 13th January, by Flash Bo-Dash in Roller Derby. No Comments

Well hi there! Long time no read!

I haven’t written a blog since New Years Eve!!!! I try and write one a week but my life has been jam packed! (Jam packed, jammer packed pack is here! Yes Derby filled to the brim!)

We’ve all been training hard since the return from our Xmas break. We’ve been pushed, pulled,squashed,hit,crunched and all manner of moves that have raised our cardio and agility on the track (plus I think we all wanted to work off some of the boxes of chocolates we consumed over the Xmas period!)

Seems others have been discovering the benefits of  the Derby Workout too! ABC News picked up on it on Good morning America. Check out this link to see their reporter in action! Our training sesh’s are somewhat a bit more extreme but that’s why we LOVE it!

Our … Read More »



Well what’s been happening…WHAT’S NOT BEEN HAPPENING!!!!! WooooAAAAAAAgggHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Posted on 22nd December, by Flash Bo-Dash in Roller Derby. No Comments

Well what’s been happening…or rather should I say WHAT’S NOT BEEN HAPPENING!!!!! WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! WOOOOO YAY!!!

Last Saturday, 15th December 2012, S.W.A.T took on the very lovely Plymouth City Roller Girls. This was my second bout playing for The South West Angels Of Terror. I was uber excited but the run up was slightly rocky with issues surrounding the Sports Hall and if we could actually play. These I am glad to say were ironed out by Bout Day so the game was on!…and what a game it was.

We all left early, bright eyed and bushy tailed (not really but it sounds good!) and met for the travel down to Bournemouth which was to take us about 2.5hrs on mostly B roads! Do you know what though, I didn’t even notice as we were all on top form and laughed most of … Read More »



Derek The Deer & A Magical Unicorn Share Dash’s Derby Life This Week!

Posted on 9th December, by Flash Bo-Dash in Events, knee pads, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. No Comments

Well what a week! I was so busy even the blog missed it’s normal Friday slot! It’s a crazy time for us photographers this time of year and I have mostly been shooting kids in Xmas hats with my trusty fluffy assistant, Derek the Deer!

Fear not though, I’m sat in my Xmas jumper and sage green Xmas treeified skinny jeans all Christmassed up writing blog no.19 , (yes 19!!!!!) for you now. I have the hat on as my boiler has broken (again) so I have no hot water OR heating! I guess it makes it feel a lot more wintry which may add to the Xmasy feel I guess! Trying to see the positive but to be honest, after getting home from training this week and discovering I had no hot water, wasn’t funny, at all! … Read More »



Vamperia 77 – Pads for Starters

Posted on 7th June, by Martin in elbow pads. No Comments

When setting out to buy my first set of pads we were advised by our coach to spend more on them than anything else to begin with as safety was the most important thing!

I, as most of our new team did, decided to go for the triple pack pads though, the favourite being the SFR white ones with pink stitching for £24.99. We soon realised that this was most certainly not the best option we could have gone for! The knee and elbow pads offered very little protection. The first thing I upgraded was the knee pads. I went for a pair of TSG All Terrains. They are very good and I managed to get a brand new pair on eBay for £14, (apparently normal rrp is £35), they didn’t break the bank but are very comfortable and do an … Read More »


Getting the Right Kit

Posted on 24th May, by Martin in pads, Roller Derby. No Comments

Ok , so to start with I wasn’t sure whether this was the sport for me. So I didn’t spend a massive amount on kit. I just got all of the bits that I needed to start the training sessions and reduce injury.

As I hadn’t been on skates before I thought it would be fair to assume that me and the floor would be spending a lot more time together. So I defiantly needed something.

Tip: Some teams will have spare kit that you can hire out from them but find out first or you may have to sit out on the training sessions.

So I managed to borrow a helmet which was ideal as I wasn’t too happy about trying to skate around without one on. It is always best to get your own helmet as they take the … Read More »


Pad Review – Karnage Protective Pad Set

Posted on 23rd May, by Martin in elbow pads, knee pads, pads, Roller Derby, wrist guards. No Comments

So for my first set of pads I didn’t spend a fortune. I found a cheapy Karnage Protective Pad Set at JJB for under £15

They were ideal to start with but I did find that the knee pads weren’t sufficient enough for all the times I kept falling over and needed a new pair of pads after a month.

The elbow pads were ok to begin with but I was finding that they weren’t big enough to cover the whole elbow, and I did incur a few bruises and burns but they were fine for starters just until I knew this was the sport for me.

The wrist guards were ideal to start with too but after a few months on me falling down and using my hands to stop myself the stitching soon came apart.

Review: Overall not bad for a starting … Read More »




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