Your Age: 26
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Weapon(s) of choice: For roller derby: Antik AR1 boots, Suregrip Avenger plates and my custom Aussie Scott wheels. For park/ramps: Custom Vans Sk8-Hi set up with Chicks in Bowls trucks, sliders and wheels, TSG Knee pads.
What’s an average day for you like? A weekday for me goes a little something like this: wake, work, eat, skate, eat more, sleep. I train for roller derby two to three times a week, and on the days that I'm not training, you can usually find me at the skate ramp after work. Weekends usually involve more skating of some persuasion, quite often further afield - and then resting and eating some more.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The hardest part of both roller derby and aggressive quad skating is probably the first three months - the time where you're finding your feet, you keep falling over and you don't feel like you're making any progress. But after that, it all starts coming together!
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best: roller derby is a predominantly female sport, so it's a great place to make friends and meet other women who want to achieve and compete just as much as you! In aggressive skating, there's not generally that many girls at the parks outside of myself and my friends, so I always feel like I'm being a good role model for younger girls who want to shred, but feel like it's a boy's thing!
As far as the worst things, well, drama can get in the way sometimes, and falling on your behind in cute shorts can often end in a decent graze, but there's nothing inherently bad about being a woman who skates. The pros definitely outweigh the cons!
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? My personal style involves a lot of black, and mostly trying to be as comfortable as possible without looking like I've just gotten out of bed. In saying that, I love bold patterns and fun colors (as long as I can pair them with something black!). I LOVE doing my makeup though so you'll often find me in track pants and a tee, with a full face of makeup.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Vans and Chicks in Bowls are my two favorites! Other than that, I tend to go for whatever's on sale, because it just gets ripped up anyway!
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? There's no doubt it's dangerous, I've seen more broken bones in my time than a girl should. But, as is my motto, sometimes you gotta pay to play - and it's worth it. I'm very lucky to have not injured myself too badly!