So, I know it seems like ages since my last blog post, but aside from being best man in a very very close wedding that’s keeping me super busy, I’ve been away! Woooo! I spent a week visiting my home town Cleethorpes (/Grimsby.) It rained pretty much the whole time I was there and though we did get out bowling and for food and family visits, generally it was a week of hiding out inside watching Harry Potter avoiding the rain!
I did however get to go training with Grimsby and Cleethorpes' very own home grown roller derby team - The Grim Reavers (cool name right?). I first became interested in the world of derby a few years ago, but unfortunately for a variety of reasons I had to quit very soon in to doing it, and didn’t get back into the whole thing until I moved to Sheffield last year, where I discovered my amazing SSRG lovelies. I wasn’t sure what I expected when I went to guest skate with them, whether it would even be the same team I trained with before, but I went in, all guns blazing and here is what I learned:
The Grim Reavers are seriously awesome!!
A few of the skaters I met when I first started were there, now super hard core post mins, and what awesomely skilled skaters they have become! They welcomed me back in with open arms, super excited to see me and that was great.
I had an absolute blast training with them! It was my first co-ed training session, we have a couple of guys who train with us as coaches here in Sheffield but I’ve never been in a training session with guys training, and watching the girls go up against guys in a scrim with no fear, no holding back was awesome.
They were such a welcoming awesome team, we played some seriously fun warm up games which I absolutely loved which really made me feel welcome, and part of the group within minutes, which I thought was brilliant, they were an energetic group with some fantastic advice that I’ve really taken on board.
Though I opted to not join in the scrim with the post mins, it really was a thing of beauty to see them go, they were fearless, hard core and generally awesome. With pre mins helping to ref alongside, which I thought was a great idea as I am planning on getting into refereeing as soon as I can.
I’d like to thank Emma for getting wholly distracted during blocking practice and waltzing with me!
I spent a bit of time during the scrim hanging out with some of their pre mins while they practiced / got tested on their skills, though they do it in a completely different way to us they do it in a way that works so well for them you could see the confidence blooming in the pre mins with every new skill they mastered, which was awesome. We all shared some tips, had some fun practices of plough stops, T stops and transitions and generally just had a laugh. I really learned a lot from them, and got a great confidence boost from compliments on how I do some of my skills and my skating ability. What could be better?
I think it’s great if you can get the opportunity to go guest skate with another team, you really get a different perspective on how other teams do things and you can pick up different ways of doing things that might work better for you, it’s really good to get into a different group of people and find how easy it is to adapt and blend with their different styles. It’s a great way to see how far you’ve come and learn new skills and of course make new friends. Which is what roller derby is all about!
So I would like to thank the awesome and extremely excellent Grim Reavers for being so welcoming allowing me to skate along with you. I have heeded all of your advice and tips and hope that I will get to skate with you guys again soon. And someday, in my post mins future. I’ll see you on track. SSRGHUAH!
Keep on rolling and being excellent to each other!
Sheffield Steel Rollergirls: Skating Fast, Hitting Hard and Being Excellent to Each Other Since 2008.
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