I just had one of those “holy crap” moments…

Thursday 22nd September 2011 @ 1:41 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

… Realising that I am going to be playing in a bout against the Dublin Roller Girls in three weeks.

And then realising that EIGHT of their players? Yeah, they are on Team Ireland.

Holy. Crap.

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Monday 22nd August 2011 @ 9:51 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

italkderby:

vandulocity:

italkderby:

deceitisstrikinggold:

Amazing skater! I was blown away.

She was incredible at this bout!

Kami is incredible all the time! I love her skating style, her attitude – everything, basically = <3 🙂

PLUS SHE LIVES ON A BOAT!

I know! It’s like, I’m sorry, how do you have time to basically be the coolest person in the world AND an amazing roller derby player? Because I can’t even do one of those things :p Also, she’s one of the only other derby girls I know of (I’m sure more of us exist) who DOESN’T DRINK! There are not enough <3s in the world for Kamikaze Kitten…

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Monday 22nd August 2011 @ 9:45 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

italkderby:

deceitisstrikinggold:

Amazing skater! I was blown away.

She was incredible at this bout!

Kami is incredible all the time! I love her skating style, her attitude – everything, basically = <3 🙂

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My entire body is made of pain

Tuesday 16th August 2011 @ 11:47 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Some of the Rockers took up brooms, mops and scrubbing brushes this evening to clean the floor of our new warehouse – a warehouse that is the size of a mid-sized aircraft hangar. Less than a quarter of the way through the buffer failed and we had to do the rest scrubbing on our hands and knees! 

It took five solid hours to do the whole thing, with only one 20 minute break – for pizza and beer. Lots of hard work, but fun. Hopefully the floor can get sorted properly and be skateable soon 🙂

EXCITEMENT.

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I played my first bout today!

Saturday 6th August 2011 @ 8:50 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

It was truly amazing. I love the Brighton Rockers so much – we beat the Romsey Town Rollerbillies by NINE POINTS. So the Rockers are still undefeated! And I played! And Bash kept putting me on when it got difficult, so I am so very very happy. 

At one point three of the Romsey blockers hit me at once. I was told this at the afterparty, because I didn’t even notice it had happened and hardly moved at all. I am pleased. I fell over twice – once in each half. And I didn’t get a single penalty – not even a minor!

And my mum just bought me pizza in bed. Best day ever.

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Tuesday 2nd August 2011 @ 5:39 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Roller derby doesn’t turn people into something they’re not. It makes you more like you really are.

Bonnie D. Stroir
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Open Letter to USA Roller Sports from the WFTDA

Thursday 28th July 2011 @ 2:38 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Open Letter to USA Roller Sports from the WFTDA

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Sunday 10th July 2011 @ 3:34 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

fuckyeahrollergirls:

vandulocity:

So my friend Elly and I are starting a derby business! It’s called “Get Rolling” and we’re renting out wheels because it sucks that the only ways you can try out wheels at them moment are to borrow them off someone you know, or buy them and not to be able to return them if they aren’t right for you.

Right now we’re finalising the last few details so the website isn’t available yet, but you should check out our facebook page to find out when we go live! 🙂

Get Rolling on facebook

Brilliant Idea! Good Luck!

Yes, I am reblogging myself because I am EXCITED 😀

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Saturday 9th July 2011 @ 10:11 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

So my friend Elly and I are starting a derby business! It’s called “Get Rolling” and we’re renting out wheels because it sucks that the only ways you can try out wheels at them moment are to borrow them off someone you know, or buy them and not to be able to return them if they aren’t right for you.

Right now we’re finalising the last few details so the website isn’t available yet, but you should check out our facebook page to find out when we go live! 🙂

Get Rolling on facebook

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Thursday 7th July 2011 @ 12:07 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

I am on the roster. WHAT IS THIS, I CANT EVEN. WHAT.

There are four of us battling it out for two spots on the team, and two spots as alternates. I honestly don’t know which I would prefer, but STILL.

ROSTER. ME. ON IT. GAH.

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DERBY AMERICA!: Knee Down Start Take 2

Monday 27th June 2011 @ 10:59 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

DERBY AMERICA!: Knee Down Start Take 2

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Reflections on practice

Thursday 23rd June 2011 @ 11:30 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

(warning for lots of words. I do this after every training session, thought I’d share this one)

Things I need to work on: 

Know when to shut up. This is something I need to work on for life in general, but it does apply to derby too. It’s harder in derby because you have to keep talking to your teammates, and once I turn on the talky part of my brain I CANNOT PAUSE IT. I have no pause button. This is common among people with Aspergers Syndrome, but that face doesn’t make people any less annoyed with you 😉

Don’t just keep hitting someone over and over again if you’re just bouncing off them- try something different. In theory I KNOW this, and yet as soon as I get into a scrimmage it’s like the kid inside me takes over and goes “YEAH HIT ‘EM AGAIN” when in fact it would be more effective to go for a lean or skip in front and booty block them. 

Penalties to avoid: I got called for a couple forearm minors and one minor track cut, and one major low block. The low block was an unfortunate accident, one of the opposing players was already falling and happened to fall into my leg and I got the penalty. Annoying, but that’s how it is. Need to get some advice on how to avoid those forearm minors because I have no idea. 

CAN OPENERS. I’m not sure this will ever be my specialty. I think I did okay considering that we were learning them for the first time, but I hit a lot of ribs and tits and less solar plexus. These are only really effective on someone taller than you, I think. 

I need to sort out my feelings about hitting people. I hit one of the other rookies during a scrimmage with a brilliant, completely legal hard hit but she fell backwards and hurt her coccyx. How do you balance the guilt of being part of someone getting injured with the “FUCK YEAH” feeling of laying on a really awesome block?

Got an elbow to the head twice from the same person while scrimmaging and the refs didn’t catch it either time, which I found really annoying. I know she’s not doing it on purpose, and they’re not missing it on purpose, but still. Elbow + Head = Dangerous. That’s why there are no high-block minors! Maybe I should get one of those impact stickers that thy use for testing car crashes on my helmet? 😉

Good stuff: I’m sprawling less and falling small more. This is good. My confidence in jumping/hopping is getting better (we did a brilliant drill for this). Getting more confident in shoulder checks. Still prefer hip-checks though. All of a sudden tonight my speed jumped way up. No idea why, although at the end of the three hours it fell way down but I think that’s acceptable 🙂

If anyone made it through all that and has any thoughts/advice/pointers please share them, I will make you cake. It might be virtual cake, but it’s the thought that counts, right? 😉

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Thursday 23rd June 2011 @ 2:26 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Roller derby enthusiastically celebrates a very healthy idea of sexuality. You’re sexy because you’re strong and athletic, not because you’re underfed and falling all over yourself to please some boy who totally doesn’t even deserve it.

Shauna Cross, author of “Whip It”, the novel. (via ukulelly)
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Perpetual Thoughts: Whip It by Shauna Cross

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 @ 3:07 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Perpetual Thoughts: Whip It by Shauna Cross

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Become a More Aggressive Skater

Monday 20th June 2011 @ 6:03 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Become a More Aggressive Skater

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Saturday 18th June 2011 @ 10:52 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

I DID THIS. With Dan and Alex, and contributions from the minds of Fensome and Oscar Wilde. We made awesome signs. The had glitter, mutilated Oscar Wilde quotes, and boobs.

I credit the posters entirely for the Brighton Rockers’ win today 😉

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Saturday 18th June 2011 @ 10:49 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

I suggest:

“Non-skating friends complain the don’t see you anymore.

THEY SHOULD PUT SOME SKATES ON.”

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Friday 17th June 2011 @ 10:00 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

littlemorphineannie:

xgemmax:

blocking hero!

I wish i had that amount of power in my body!

:36

she literally takes a god damn ride on beyonslay.

I aspire to be everything that moment is when it comes to roller derby. 

Reblog forever. 

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The Derby Girl’s Body Manifesto, by Blockodile Dundee.

Wednesday 15th June 2011 @ 1:33 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

The Derby Girl’s Body Manifesto, by Blockodile Dundee.

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Things I learned From Roller Derby;

Thursday 9th June 2011 @ 10:52 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

thingsilearnedfromrollerderby:

Even the most intimidating, hardcore, hard hitting, awesome, derby girls in your league/on your team have that one other derby girl they’re intimidated by.

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