We can’t believe it’s the end of 2017 – it’s been a crazy rollercoaster of a year, both for Helgin, and for this month’s Skater in the Spotlight – the one, and only, #55 Bruteyvicious! She broke her ankle just before our first bout, but she has bounced right back, with an incredible return from injury! Time to learn more about our super-fast jammer:
What is your day job?
Support worker and studying for a degree in child and youth studies.
What do you do for fun (other than derby)?
I’m big into music, listening, singing, song writing. Enjoy being outdoors, walking or cycling and dragging random stuff home from the beach.
What is your dream holiday destination?
Probably somewhere like Norway where I could see the northern lights and see some beautiful countryside.
What is your specialist skill? (On skates or off)
Always taking things too far.
What attracted you to join roller derby?
It just looked like something I’d fit in with. And to be honest I just thought it looked pretty rough and that appealed to me – haha!
What’s your top tip for those just starting roller derby?
If you want to get better quicker then practice a few times more a week than just the one session, go on toestops around the house, whatever you can do. Also cross training for strength and cardio is very beneficial.
Which derby player do you look up to/ most aspire to be like?
Hmmm… got fangirl crushes on a few, Taz and Udder Mayhem (formerly from Granite City) have such skill and great personalities to match – they make people feel valued, and welcome. Rosie Peacock is a proper machine too – enjoy watching them play!
One positive thing roller derby has brought to your life:
The ability to forget the other troubles in life for the entirety of playing.
What is your proudest derby moment to date?
Watching Helgin play their first official bout. I was broken on the merch stall, but I did not stop screaming for them! It felt like such a big moment after a lot of hard work from all, building up a league from scratch, knowing very little, to winning the first bout, it’s a big achievement.
Roller derby to you, in three words:
Happy, sweaty, pain