1. What‘s the day job?
Medical Student – Final Year.
2. How do you fit in Roller Derby with your home life?
A combination of sleep deprivation, not seeing my partner enough, and not having kids!
3. How long have you been a member of BBD?
Since February. I transferred from Coventry, who I was with for 2 seasons.
4. How/Why did you choose your Derby name?
My partner chose it, her logic was I’m pretty quick and I have the balance of a cat…. I also really like naps.
5. What’s the best thing about being a Dame?
Everyone is so lovely! I like being able to compete at a sport at a high level too though.
6. It’s a tough sport – have you had any major injuries?
I’ve broken a couple of fingers as well as my nose (I think), I’ve also had a number of soft-tissue injuries; sprained rotator cuff, swollen knee, sprained ankle, and a couple of concussions.
7. What’s your position in the Dames?
Recently made the A Team! My favourite position is pivot as I like the variety, and that way I get to block whilst still being open to jamming.
8. Does the company you work for support your involvement in the Dames?
9. How do your family feel about your involvement with Derby? do they worry about injury etc?
My girlfriend plays too, so that’s okay! She tends to shout at me to replace my helmet though, and she gets worried about me breaking something or over-doing it. My parents have come and watched a couple of times, but generally they just leave me to it. I’m working on converting my little sister too; I reckon she’d be fantastic at it. She lives in Newcastle though, and I’m not convinced NRG need any more help getting better!
10. With #ThisGirlCan BBD have had ‘fresh meat’ days to expand the Dames – how do you feel about this batch of Rookies?
I love rookies! I really like teaching skating, and helping people to improve. Seeing that moment when something suddenly ‘clicks’ and someone gets something is really beautiful too. The current batch are particularly lovely.
11. What is it about Derby that is so addictive?
I think it is the sense of community, the way in which everyone looks out for each other, and the way that everyone is accepted regardless of background, sexuality, gender, religion, political ideology, underlying medical issues, or sporting pedigree.
Prior to Derby I hadn’t really been interested in sport and didn’t really do anything active. The loveliness of the community drew me in, so I got more heavily involved. I also ended up getting fit and losing weight by having fun, which was a nice and unintended bonus!