Meet Our Rising Stars!

We’ve got a wee Roller Derby Taster Day coming up on Sunday 27th August from 12pm – 2pm in Elgin Community Centre, which is a great way to learn more about the awesome sport of roller derby and how you can be involved in Helgin.

Don’t just take our word for it, though – we’ve got proof at just how awesome roller derby is, and how much better it makes your life, straight from a few of the people who attended our last couple of Taster Days, our Rising Stars who are currently working on nailing their minimum skills and getting to grips with gameplay! Let’s see what they think:

Raven Lunatic, Bash-fall and Tyrannosaurus-Bex with coach, Shannibal Lecter

 

What attracted you to join roller derby?

I always loved roller skating as a kid. Someone tagged me in a post about a Freshie intake and although I didn’t really have much of a clue what it was about, I thought it looked awesome so signed up!
Raven Lunatic

Loved skating as a teen. Had been looking for a local roller derby team after seeing it promoted on BBC breakfast’s sport highlights. Initially signed up for a taster in Inverness who shared the Helgin taster day so I signed up for that instead.
Mad Minx

I needed a bit of fun and activity in my life, and perusing the various sports clubs in Moray nothing really caught my eye and excited me like roller derby did! It was something new and challenging, as I had never quad skated in my life – and I could see it would introduce me to a group of friendly, like-minded women; friends!
Bash-fall

Learning a new skill, being a tough female and making new friends.
Tyrannosaurus-Bex

 

Which derby player do you look up to/ most aspire to be like?

I really don’t need to look outside of the club to find a derby player to aspire to. Our coaches, Mane-iac and Shannibal Lecter, regularly display impressive skills during training – in addition to devoting their time to teaching in such a fun, friendly and patient manner! I’d love to be at a point where I can skate with similar comfort and ease – and also be able to pass on that know-how! Watching an advanced session, there was also a time when Melicious Intent flew past in ‘Side-Surfing’ mode; that awe-inspiring moment has stuck with me ever since! God do I want to do be able to do that!
Bash-fall

International- Missy Rascal. Local – Taz. Team – All are amazing but I love how Melicious Intent controls the track. Bruteyvicious is really confident and has some great skills!
Mad Minx

RockNRiot from Granite City.
Tyrannosaurus-Bex

Stefanie Mainey! I wouldn’t say I really aspire to be like anyone though, I just want to be good enough to play one day!
Raven Lunatic

 

What is your proudest derby moment to date?

Turning up at the my first training session! I suffer from, sometimes crippling, social anxiety so turning up, on my own, and just taking part is probably my proudest moment.
Raven Lunatic

When I finally managed to glide on one foot – and round a corner!
Bash-fall

Watching Helgin play their first game in Perth
Mad Minx

Mad Minx and Rachel at the Orkney Pre-mins Bootcamp

 

What has been your biggest derby challenge?

With social anxiety, attending the initial fresh-meat intake to give roller derby a go was a huge challenge for me – and one I wish I had overcome sooner! I’m finding it’s not only a sport that strengthens your body – but greatly benefits the mind as well. Self-doubt can easily become a barrier to progressing, but my team-mates have always been there to offer help and encouragement, and as such I’ve found my confidence and self-esteem slowly growing with my skills. It’s instilling a can-do attitude.
Bash-fall

Getting over the fear! Fear of falling, fear of going fast, fear of transitions, fear of contact! It’s an ongoing challenge, but one I’m slowly overcoming!
Raven Lunatic

Breaking through mental blocks, and crossovers.
Tyrannosaurus-Bex

Backwards skating and transitions
Mad Minx

 

What do you most look forward to, moving forward in your derby career?

Playing a game before I’m 50, which isn’t too long away!
Mad Minx

Passing my mins and getting to play!
Raven Lunatic

Being strong, stable and confident on my skates and being able to compete with the big gals!
Tyrannosaurus-Bex

Passing all my minimum skills. That will be a huge achievement, as none of it has been easy or has come natural to me… I can’t wait to reward myself with a top emblazoned with my derby name!
Bash-fall

 

What is your aim/ goal for the next month at training?

Perfect T-glides and do more toestop work.
Tyrannosaurus-Bex

Nailing knee taps and making progress on my transitions!
Raven Lunatic

Passing some mins and getting 25/5
Mad Minx

I’m currently determined to master my cross-overs, so that I can build up a bit of speed around the track during laps. To be able to hit the required lap-times would put a big grin on my face!
Bash-fall

 

Tyrannosaurus-Bex, Raven Lunatic (and Jr), Kathital Punishment, Rachel, Bruteyvicious and Mad Minx cheering on Taz.

 

What would you say to those thinking of starting roller derby?

If you’re tempted then you must give it a go! The team are friendly and welcoming, and I’m kicking myself for not signing up sooner. You’ll start with others at a similar level, so you’ll not be alone!
Bash-fall

It’s amazing. I couldn’t be without Roller Derby now. Once you understand the game it’s not as scary as it looks. It’s empowering to be part of the Roller Derby community.
Mad Minx

It is a unique sport with challenges like no other! The only way to know what it’s truly like, is to just do it!
Tyrannosaurus-Bex

Just do it! Don’t let fear of the unknown put you off!
Raven Lunatic

 

One positive thing roller derby has brought to your life:

Strength, passion. Something just for me.
Mad Minx

The confidence boosts.
Tyrannosaurus-Bex

The people! They’re awesome!
Raven Lunatic

I now enjoy and look forward to my weekends! It’s worth knowing the team organise loads of other fun activities too. Quiz nights, Raft races, Trampolining – to name just a few!
Bash-fall

 

Roller derby to you, in three words:

Awesome! Fun! Challenging!
Raven Lunatic

Strong, powerful, awesome
Mad Minx

Exciting, Challenging, Empowering.
Tyrannosaurus-Bex

Wheely Good Fun
Bash-fall