Starting a slightly expanded array of Monthly Diaries this month, Fierce Valley Roller Girls bring you: Must-Dash!
What first attracted you to Roller Derby?
What first attracted me to derby was my sister the infamous Danger Mouth, I went along with her at the beginningish when ARRG was in it’s early stages but alas I just was not completely ready for the world of derby then… so I put it on the back burner… silly Dash.
Who are your derby heroes?
Danger Mouth is my main hero, her hits are intense: I remember stupidly requesting one from her at a training practice and I went quite some distance and pretty sure I was smacked off the wall a little… ahhh good times.
Derby names are an important aspect of the sport, especially when you’re starting out. How did you choose your name, and how does it reflect your personality on track?
My name came about for my love of moustaches: all those gentlemen with their fine facial accessories, their lip quivering no more in the cold air of an evening stroll.
So how does my name transpire on track, I am a true gent and always try and open the opposing walls for my ladies… and I have become a bit better at dashing as a Jammer.
What was your biggest initial difficulty?
I would have to say cross overs, they were a real beach… and my 25 in 5; I forget just how unfit I was before I committed myself more fully to derby, joining FVRG has helped me grow as a skater and a person so much. I just couldn’t wish for a more supportive driven derby family, not to mention funtasticical.
Lots of roller girls find it hard not to spread the word about their new sport. How have you been spreading the word?
I constantly tell people at my cafe about the wonderful world of derby: “Here’s your bacon roll ma’am, you have strong looking legs… ever considered donning some wheels??”
What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt/ done this month?
I jammed for the first time in a bout situation which was pretty great, and won the award for best blocker. Needless to say I was on a bit of a high after our intraleague Transformers themed bout.
I have learnt that I can stand on one skated leg whilst making goat noises quite successfully as can my fellow pals deal with me doing this and also keep balance… I was embracing the spirit of the mountain goat to make my balance better.
What were the most difficult and the best things?
The most difficult thing was probably hearing that Maz-manian devil was leaving us :(. Then the best was hearing that she’s totally had a change of heart and is coming back! SCORE!! Me and Brawny made a video for her and everything, she even got a leaving party out of us all, she turned our world upside down face… I suppose I can forgive her for lying to us… in time.
What’s new for the Fierce Valley this month?
We will be beasting the training sessions and scrimming to ready prepare us for July try outs for the FVRG and Jakey Co-ed bout on the 10th of August. We will also be crafting a hefty amount to bring along to the Pop up shop at Callander house which is happening on the 13th of July so it’s worth nipping along to see our wares 🙂