With our open day coming up on Sunday 21st January, at our home venue in Herne Bay, we asked some of our new recruits why they decided to try derby and how they got involved with KRG…
Melissa S: I watched LRG eight years ago. I thought this would have been the sport for me (recreationally) if I was ten years younger. Since then I’ve had kids and all sorts going on and I’ve lost a lot of confidence in my body and socially. My husband was helping me look for a hobby and we found this. I wasn’t sure I was right for it, but then I showed up at the end of July and I’ve never met such a kind and welcoming group of people in my life! I love learning that my body can do so many things I never would have thought possible and spending time with such lovely people who are all together for the love of the game. I love KRG and hope to be part of it for a long time!
Katie L: I’ve been watching KRG open days come and go for a couple of years on Facebook. But despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get anyone to come with me to try it. In September, I finally decided to go on my own. I walked in feeling too old, too fat, too unfit and scared. I walked out buzzing and I haven’t missed a session since. The real joy for me at that first session was that no one cared how old I was, how fat I was or how unfit I was; they were truly welcoming and so enthusiastic to pass on their love of this amazing sport. This is a group of seriously beautiful and supportive women (and men).
A couple of months down the line Sundays are my favourite day of the week. I have realised that you’re never too old to do something you love; My ass (which I didn’t particularly like) is an asset of epic proportions playing derby, to both block with and sometimes land on; and I’m and getting so much fitter! If you are sat there wondering if this is for you… come try it. I’m so happy I did!
My New Year’s resolution this year is to pass my min skills, get fitter, learn some new things and laugh a lot more!
Frankenmeanie: The year I decided to join KRG I’d decided I needed to get fitter but having given up on exercise regimes before I needed something more engaging. I missed an open day in July but was too scared to go on my own after so I waited until the next one in October and I was hooked! Skating is sooo much fun! I love the learning new things each week and that feeling of accomplishment when you nail a skill! Everyone is so friendly and supportive and we definitely laugh & have fun together…I really shouldn’t have been afraid to go along the week after the open day I missed!
Mica: It started with watching ‘whip it’. I watched it and was like “wow I want to be like them” and remembered how many good memories I got from skating when I was a kid. I started looking around back in October 2010 and when I found KRG I was welcomed with open arms every time I emailed and was asked to come along. However, I suffer from social anxiety and depression and being put in that situation is not something I do. I kept bailing thinking I would be judged and the girls would be mean to me etc. Oh how I was wrong!! I finally got the courage to attend the latest open day and loved every minute, even the muscle ache during and after (it’s worse then squats I promise you) and then I was hooked! I felt like I was a little girl again! And every Sunday is my 2hrs of release from being me, from my anxiety, my depression… from the world. Roller derby is now my life and KRG are my saviours on skates!
My New Year’s Resolution, I would say, is to push myself further with derby; be more fearless and more educated in the sport and also with my equipment. Don’t be scared to ask for help. In everyday life, I’m thinking enjoy it more, that’s it. Not much to go for but I never keep to my resolutions so I’m keeping it simple this year!