Rookie Ramblings- Skates, why’d it have to be Skates

So diary of a fresh meat has ended with our wonderful Rogue Red graduating to the Cadets and passing on the baton to little old me.

Findiana Bones
Some history; I joined the Dames in March 2015 ( I think it was the 8th/9th) and have spent the last year desperately trying to become Scald Eagle, so far it’s going slowly. My years journey can be explained firstly in the sense that I’d pretty much never skated before, secondly, I have only recently (Monday 22nd) got out of a 24/7 shift based job which limited my skating exposure and finally, stupid muggins that I am, I managed to injure myself. All of these things affecting my journey in a different way.

However everyone’s journey to Big Girl Derby is different, some people can pass their minimum skills in 3 months, some 3 years and as long as you’re still enjoying it then it’s worth it. My big issue currently is that I don’t feel I’ve improved AT ALL in that time, which is utter rubbish I know that. I’m just starting to crossover now, I can do transitions (one way 🙂 ) and I’ve learnt an absolute butt tonne so clearly it can’t be so. I’ve moved from bambi on ice to adolescent bambi, blindly confident until I go flat on my bottom .

I’ve suddenly blossomed from a part time baby skater into a full time toddler skater and that thought is terrifying; what if I never get any better, or worse, what if I do and I pass mins and get thrown into Big Girl Derby!!! I’m sure through the support of my brilliant coaches, fellow rookies, Derby Mum and the rest of the team, it’ll all go fine but that fear is still there. I want to be the best I can be for me, to prove that myself that actually, for once in my life in good at something! But equally, I wanna be the best I can be for my team; eventually people leave, they fall out of love with Derby or have babies or move location etc. One day my teamies, my Dames, will look to me to step up and I’m not gonna let them down *cue inspirational music*

On a serious note though, joining roller derby has helped me grow on a personal level, turns out most of the Dames aren’t 23 year old nurses and therefore I’ve had the opportunity to learn about the world’s of jewellery making, hair dying, metal rolling, vegan, jelly hating, strong and powerful women; and it’s the best motivator there is.

I’m so excited at what the rest of this year is going to bring; I’ve literally just got back from our awards evening celebrating how amazing everyone is, and now I’m ready to bring it.

Hi my name is Bones and I’m addicted to Roller derby.

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