Diary of a Cadet

So being a Cadet is awesome, and whilst you’re not (yet) on the Bomb Squad or A Team, you do get to do some training with them and play with, or against them, in Intraleague.

To celebrate the 50th birthday of Nesstradamous we had our own intraleague games and I got to play!! This was simultaneously exciting and terrifying. Or as Scooby and I decided, we were excitifed!

I had moments when I knew I was contributing, and a lot more moments where quite frankly I was like a rabbit in the headlights (especially going up against Kitty and Penny – eek!) But what mostly happened is I learnt.


Ness calling the jam off.

Ness calling the jam off!

This gave me confidence and self-awareness for skills school the following week where we spent time working on digging in. Now being quite a small skater the odds are I will have someone a lot bigger than me trying to shove me out the way. It’s up to me to develop my core and strength and to be able to hold them. I also need this strength to be able to move them out of the way. Overall I think this was my best session to date on digging in as I was moving skaters a lot bigger than me and I was managing to dig in against them. I still have a lot of work to do on this, especially with digging in, but practise, practise, practise is what it’s about.

But nothing puts a smile on your face like Derby with the Dames!


Kings Heathens win!

Pictures courtesy of Annie Ingram


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