Name: Commander Pain Shepard
Story behind the name and number: I wanted a badass persona on track that I knew would push me to be better, and what better than the saviour of the galaxy… Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect series. The ‘Pain’ is a play on words with the misnomer ‘Jane’, given to the female version of Shepard. I originally wanted N7 as my number, but the decision to remove letters had been announced… Another skater in our league had the number 7 already (damn you Clair!), so I decided to combine it with my lucky number to get 713.
Jammer or blocker?: mainly blocker, but I’m training myself to become more of a double threat!
Favourite derby move: apex jump!
Derby role model: sexy slaydie… She crushes the hopes and dreams of jammers, and has an amazing attitude.
Why roller derby?: I wanted to try a new sport, as I already played cricket, and it’s gradually taken over my life in the best way possible.
How did you get involved with KRG?: I decided to come and watch a few rec league sessions because I was too nervous to take part immediately. After two weeks, I was itching to put skates on, so I did!
What goes through your mind before a game?: I normally get super nervous, so I sing the Commander Shepard song by Miracle of Sound until I feel in control of my body and I know I’m ready to go skate!
Your favourite derby moment so far?: definitely has to be winning Tier 3 East of British Champs. It was my first season with KRG main league, and it was incredible to be part of such a cohesive team.
Your favourite WFTDA team to watch?: has to be Gotham… I have so many derby crushes on the skaters, and having met them at a bootcamp, I can safely say I have a few actual crushes too.
What’s your day job?: I’m a health physics technician for the NHS. It basically means I work in radiation protection, and get to test xray machines around the county.
What do you like to do off track?: I really enjoy cooking, going outdoor skating by the sea and watching roller derby to pick up new tactics.
How has roller derby impacted your life?: it has given me so many new friends, experiences and challenges that I never thought I could overcome before starting derby … It has given me the confidence to own my place in the world, and has introduced me to incredible people that I can’t imagine being without.