The Start of Something Big…My Derby Life
So, we’ve established that I LOVE skating and have done for many years.
Cool skinny jeans, Not so cool haircut!
Now it’s time to tell you where it’s taken me recently. Little did I know on that fateful morning when I discovered S.W.A.T (The South West Angels of Terror) on Google, it was to take my life in a new direction. Even I didn’t know the magnitude of the impact it would have on my life. Not only was there an impact but a spectacular explosion that sprouted fireworks, stars, whizzes, bangs and all things bright, positive and sparkly!
So now I have found them, what am I going to do about it???? The thought filled me with excitement but mostly fear. What do I do? How do I do it? Who do I contact? And above all what do I say?
Well, I attacked the problem head on as usual and sent an email to the girls through their website www.southwestangelsofterror.com. The message I sent makes me laugh (and cringe equally!) now to this day. I wanted to show my interest in the game but also explain who I was and being a photographer, I normally do this through photos. This time they were of myself as I thought this would be a good introduction. I had the perception that Derby was a cool crazy sport for cool crazy cats, so sent my most outrageous shots to show that I would fit in with this eccentric-ness! I also explained that I loved skating etc bla bla but above all I wanted watch a training session. I basically wanted to see if it would scare me! I do a lot of training in the gym, Les Mills was my best friend, but the contact part left me with a few questions. Could I handle it?
God knows what they thought when my email came through as this is what they opened!………
I applaud them as they didn’t think I was some crazy bird (well they didn’t say anyway) and kindly said I could come and watch their training session the next day!
My heart skipped a beat.
I was going to see it in real life instead of the digital world of youtubeness!!!
I now regret sending such random shots as it’s all very well talking through a computer screen but to actually meet someone face to face, a different story! I also wondered if they would recognise me without wearing my Vampire Nurse outfit!
The next day I couldn’t think of anything else. I spoke in my last blog about one of the reasons I wanted to take up something new and that was, my Mum had just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of Cancer. As a family we were heading into the unknown with this and I needed something to ground me, to take my mind off of the outside world for a bit and in turn make me stronger to continue the fight outside the sports hall.
She was having her first round of Chemo at this time and the day I was going to meet the S.W.A.T girls Mum and I were in the hospital all day.
Thinking about where I was going later, although it filled me with anxiety, it also gave me butterflies and excitement so Derby was doing its job right from the off!
That night I dropped Mum home and headed off to my first taste of real life Roller Derby.
Even the thought of driving to where they were training, a school, in the dark, dark corridors, clocks ticking, full moon (in my head it would be like a horror movie and I would defiantly get lost walking those corridors and eaten by zombies on the way!) I got my Google map and cracked on!
I arrived to meet lots of girls dragging big bags out of carsâ€¦.This must be them I thought, oh and the Zombies? They didn’t appear! Not yet anyway!!!
Next time I will tell you what really happened.
Catch you next week!
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