Name: Arry (no derby name yet!)
Skate of Birth: November 2018
Animal most resembled whilst skating:
A Rhino/Flamingo hybrid…. Working on being more of a
I first heard about roller derby in 2013.
I was recovering from a broken ankle, and after chatting to someone who played, a little spark lit up in my eyes, and I added it to my “Stuff to do before I’m 40 list”…….. (this list started after a successful completion of the 'Stuff to do before I'm 30 list, which included such gems as ' learning to spin on my head' and training as a rally driver... that is a tale for another day!)
I wrote down the words ROLLER DERBY in bright pink pen and doodled a picture of a roller skate...one day it would happen.
Fast forward several years.
I’d recently relocated and left my heart and all of my friends in Wales. I was lonely, feeling sorry for myself and had the self-esteem of a goldfish in a shark tank, when a conversation with my friend Mel relit the tiny, roller skate shaped spark!
Mel was still in South Wales , and in a strange twist of circumstances, she had taken the plunge and taken up roller derby;whats more...she bloomin' loved it! What happened next was a twist of fate...
I found myself at an event in Manchester where I was introduced to a truly lovely human called Kaye! Kaye was right on my wavelength and whilst we were chatting about all sorts of odd things, the subject of Roller Derby arose. Kay, it turned out, was part of the Stoke City Rollers, who happened to be only half an hour away from home. A new intake was on the horizon, and I was about to woman up and damn well strap some skates on!
This was a huge step for the shell of a person that I had become, so I weighed up all the pros and cons of me having a go:
Over the last 6 months, I have learnt so much, gained in confidence, laughed at myself more than I ever have before and found my spirit animals in the form of a whole team of badass women.
I have a habit of being very self-depreciating, but the beauty of roller skating is that skills click when you least expect it and make you feel like a super hero! I realised I was capable of doing a transition on my weak side whilst carrying a cup of tea from my kitchen to another room. I only spilt the tea, when I got excited about it and did a little happy dance!
As well as learning to skate myself, I have loved cheering everyone on. Whether it is SCR at the British Champs, our rookie referees earning their stripes or my fellow Fresh Meat/Flaming Mingos gang nailing new skills. Overall, I have never laughed so much whilst playing a sport! (and that’s coming from a record holding Bog Snorkeller!)
All of the cons I identified at the start are now pros. The bruises are a sign of effort, making a tit of myself is character building and as for spangly kit, it’s a growing collection!
Overall, nothing makes me prouder, than yelling the words WE ARE SCR !!!
On the 6th April we played Railtown Loco Rollers (RLR) our nearest local team ,who train just down the road in Crewe.
We've got close links with this team, and a lot of friends there, we've scrimmed with them many times and consequently there was lots of banter over this one!
The match was hosted by our friends at Wolverhampton Honour Rollers, it was a superb venue with bleacher seating and a good vibe. As this was our second match in Champs alot of the nerves had gone and we felt alot more prepared. We were lucky to have a great Bench and Line Up Manager helping us our again and we thoughly enjoyed the match.
The final score was SCR 87 RLR 281.
On the 10th February we played as a team in British Champs for the first time ever!
As if that wasn't daunting enough we were also hosting the match so had to organise the booking of a venue large enough, laying of the track , ref and NSO's , medics. etc etc etc!
It all went off really well and a great day was had by all.
We were playing the mighty Wolverhampton Honour Rollers, seasoned veterans of playing in Champs, awesome players and downright lovely people.
We played our hearts out and all really enjoyed the match.
The final score was 78-357 to Wolverhampton.
We have played two Champs games so far
and have three more to go! Dates are
On the 10th June 2018 the Stoke City Rollers will be taking part in Skatemania Preston 2018.
Raising money for a charity that is dear to our members hearts, Peter Pan Centre, the team will be skating a marathon, yes, an entire marathon...on skates!
The girls have been training regularly, skating outside in the sunshine together trying to clock up as many miles as they can to prepare themselves for the 26miles they will need to complete on Sunday.
Please pop over to our facebook page to see details on how to donate to this amazing charity.
Stoke City Rollers