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British Champs Tier 3 – KENT ROLLER GIRLS VS GRIN N BARUM

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Images by www.RollerDerbyPhotography.co.uk

We started our campaign for the British Roller Derby Championships in style this weekend  (19th March) with a decisive win. The 6 hour journey to Penzance was worth it as we took the win, 219-109, against North Devon’s Grin N’ Barum. This first game puts us second in the table, with a game in hand over the current leaders Cornwall.

KRG got off to a great start in the first half as Vikispeedia took 20 points in the first jam. We continued to rack up the points as our defensive blockers held back GNB’s jammer to only a handful of points each jam, allowing our jammers to get through. We finished the first half 151-31. Devon’s GNB came out fighting in the second half, with a strong defensive showing, holding our jammers back, and allowing the Devonshire jammers to claw back some points. We continued to fight on and managed to regain some strength in the final jams to finish 110 points up, more of a lead than we were predicted.

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“It’s a great start to our season. We’ve worked really hard to prepare for the game and it really paid off” said our captain, Jennapocalypse.

We will be hoping for another win when we play Bath Roller Girls in Swindon on 24 April ahead of our home game in Herne Bay against Surrey Roller Girls on 21 May.

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Word to the Mother!

Roller Derby skaters come in many forms, ages and genders… and that includes Mum’s!

So this Mother’s Day we’ve asked some of the mums on our team to tell us about how Roller Derby fits in to their family lives:

NATALIE

My girls are still very young (2 and 4 years). I remember the first day I tried on skates and staggered across the room, my 4 year old gasped and told me she was really proud of me! Both my girls are very eager to try it for themselves and I often find them wearing my stinky pads around the house. We were quite an active family already but derby has definitely given me the drive to get fitter and value the importance of fitness. This has obviously rubbed off on my girls. Although we don’t go on family muscle building trips to the gym, our day is full of movement and exercise. I thought being a mum would mean I was unfit and out of shape but I think it’s been the opposite, I think mum’s are far more active than they realise! It is sometimes hard and frustrating when I can’t make a session or even a few sessions because of various child related reasons, but I’ve had to accept the fact that everyone has their own pace, like with anything in life. I just have to fit things in when I can and there’s nothing like doing squats and planks with a 4 year old clinging to your back! They’ve even helped me do press ups by laying beneath me and giving me a kiss on the nose each time

I love having derby as my time too, it’s my 2 hours a week where I am me. Not teacher or mum, just Natalie.

SARAHA

The kids think Derby is great, especially my 7 year old daughter. I think she quite enjoyed a time when we went to our local roller rink in the half term and her friends from school were there, all their mums were sat on the side and they were like “Maisy’s mum has her OWN skates! Maisy’s mum can skate!”. She felt like the coolest kid, I got a taste of what it felt like to be a main leaguer

We aren’t a typical sporty family, my husband doesn’t like football, he rides a BMX, I guess you could say alternative sports are our thing?!. My daughter has her own skates, so we go to family skate sessions together, she loves it. I was never really into going to the gym, it didn’t appeal to me to work out for aesthetic gain, but I want to be strong for derby so it motivates me to pick up the weights and balance on one foot while ironing! Like Nat said it can be frustrating when you can’t fit Derby in due to family commitments, my husband works away quite a bit too so the childcare just isn’t there. I think it is really important when you are a mum to have something just for you, and it is so easy to allow yourself to feel guilty for taking those few hours out but it really does de-stress me and give me a bit of respite. Derby has had a huge influence on the kids. Maisy really enjoys coming to help at the games on the merch stand, or help sell raffle tickets. They see me trying to collect items to for our charities, they see the hard work that everybody puts in for zero financial gain, they see the good that comes of it though. Both the kids have their favourite skater on our team, they both love Jigglytough! I think Maisy really looks up to the team; she has all their line up posters on her wall. I feel really lucky that she has access to such a diverse group of women to influence her, The kids see me come home from practice and I might be a bit frustrated that I felt I didn’t manage to do something, but then a few weeks later the small victory might happen and I get in and I’ll say “I did it!” and we all have a little cheer! So it teaches them that even I am still learning things that are hard, but not to give up and work through it. I’d like to take Doug, who’s 12, to a mens game, but it might be a little loud and crowded for him due to his autism, but I think the men’s team will have a similar impact on him as the ladies have on Maisy.

ELAINE (aka Mama MoHito)

I was forever on my skates as a child in the 1970’s and at university in the 1990’s and I decided in the spring of 2013 that I wanted to teach my children (Oscar now 14 and Jenty now 9). We went to Herne Bay open skate and I began to teach them. Soon after we all bought skates and would attend open skate sessions on the weekends. They are both now excellent skaters and we often skate outside as a family. We have skated in this country, France, Belgium and Croatia. In fact Oscar skated a marathon alongside the team at Goodwood’s Southcoast Roll in 2014.

I saw a poster for Kent Roller Girls and soon googled Roller Derby. I joined KRG Recreational League in November 2013. My family was very encouraging and would listen with delight when I came home pumped from a training session.

Both my children think Roller Derby is amazing and were so pleased for me when I made the Main League. They have attended all my games and wear their KRG T-shirts with pride! Jenty’s favourite player (besides me obviously!) is Rosa Lethal [ed: see image above], she has a cute girl crush on her, making her presents and cards.

Roller Derby has had a positive effect on my family. My husband got into bike riding at the same time I got into Derby and this has fostered a healthy respect in both children for exercise and healthy eating. They also understand a lot about hit and shoulder checks and we can sometimes be seen all doing some moves whilst walking down the street! Oscar has also joined several rugby teams and is very tall and strong so he is an ideal training partner for me.

My family understands the importance of each of us having the right to individual time and hobbies so it has not really impacted upon our family life in that way. I think they probably occasionally get bored of hearing me talk about derby though.

One of the wonderful things about roller derby is that it has taught my children about the diversity of the human race. In particular it has allowed them to understand and appreciate different types of gender identification and human relationships as well as providing my daughter with positive strong role models.

They both understand that Derby is my time and makes me happy so I couldn’t wish for more!

CHERRY

My son saw me on skates at centreparcs and wanted to skate too so I got him some adjustable SFR boots and now we often skate at Bay Arena on Saturdays. He puts on his pads and helmets like me and we skate together. I tell him that when I skate I try really hard but sometimes I fall down, but I get up and try again. He relates to that and I think it sets a good example not to give up when things are tough, and also that girls are fit and strong.

He has also been very active and bounces off the walls if we try and stay at home, so skating together has been a new fun way to be active together. I think it is good for him to know I have my own interests and things I do on my own, and we talk about eating healthily and what foods help our bodies be strong and give us energy to do all the things we want to do.

Being a single parent and working full time I find it very difficult to carve out a few hours a week for me that doesn’t involve endless laundry, checking work emails or taking care of my little person; I find its my biggest challenge. When I get onto the track all of that vanishes and I get to be me just for a tiny bit, concentrating on what I’m doing without a constant clamour of mama-mama-mama-look-mama. I love it but I also find it hard to watch others put more hours in between practice and spending their evening stretching and weight lifting and all manner of things when I don’t have the energy to boil the kettle to make tea.

My son has a set of strong female role models away from bloody Anna in Frozen (not that we’ve ever seen it but still he is obsessed) & dressing up as princesses at nursery. We watch clips of roller derby (Scald Eagle!) and talk about how girls are strong and can jump high, be fast and do anything they set their mind to. And that girls and boys can both skate, can be anything they want to be. He is self confident and won’t be put down. I am worried that come school time this will be lost – and the derbyverse I hope will act as a great counterbalance to stereotyping he might find at school

It’s a huge challenge for me to skate both in terms of fitness and time commitments but it is all worth it the second I get on track and feel the world glide by under my skates. I love Derby and the people I’ve met and I will always try my hardest to carve out that tiny little piece of time for Derby-me to come out to play

 

KRG PROFILE: #2 HELEN DEGENERATE

 

Story behind the name & number: The name came from a friend of mine who used to skate with the team. It’s a play on my name and the oh so awesome Ellen DeGeneres, and add to that the fact we are both gay, it was sort of perfect! After that it kind of stuck, to the point that I changed my old name [Ed: Hellen’s previous skate name was Hell O’Mighty] to this because I liked it so much. The number 2 is my lucky number so was a no brainer.

Jammer or Blocker: I’m most happy blocking but I can jam too. I want to work hard at being a double threat.

Favourite derby move: Probably backwards blocking and shoulder checks. It is mega satisfying getting the other player off track and recycling them all the way back! As for jamming; bean dip all the way!!

Derby role model: Mayjour Collision (KRG) – a skater who is the reason I got into the sport and someone who I look up to so much. I hope I am half the player she is, as she is an awesome double threat. I love her footwork so much that when I was learning (and even now) I practiced my ass off until I was happy on my toe stops and edges! Also, at training, she always gives 110%!

Why roller derby: I only had to try it once and then the more simple question was why do anything else?

How did you get involved with KRG: The skater I mentioned earlier, Mayjour Collision, was trying to get her cousin to go and she made me go with her so she wasn’t alone. She ended up not going again, but I never looked back!

What goes through your mind before a game: “Ohhhh crap” and then all of the excitement!

Your favourite derby moment so far: Too many to name, but coming 3rd in our tier at champs last year is pretty high up there.

Your favourite WFTDA team to watch: I think Victorian Roller Derby League (Melbourne, Australia).

And finally, what’s your day job: Warehouse Assistant in a pet food shop. I like it, it means I lift 20kg most of the day, so I don’t need a gym membership!

500 Foody Things!!!

This February we are aiming to collect 500 foody things to donate to Canterbury Food Bank

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In order to collect enough variety of goods, and in an attempt to get everything CFB needs for their parcels, we’ve given each day of the week a theme…

  • Macaroni Monday (think all things pasta and rice)
  • Tin Food Tuesday (tuna, tomatoes, vegetables, beans, soup and such like)
  • Wash Up Wednesday (cleaning products and washing powder and toiletries)
  • Thirsty Thursday (no alcohol allowed, just drinks like tea, coffee and fruit squash)
  • Baby Food Friday (speaks for itself, but you could always throw some nappies and wipes in there too!)
  • Sweet Things Saturday (rice pudding, biscuits and custard)
  • Sweetcorn Sunday (for everyones favourite tinned veg)

But don’t feel you have to stick to our plan, any donations are welcome at any time.

You can either give your donations to the Kent roller girl of your choice, or get in touch with us on any of our social media platforms and we’ll arrange a rendezvous.

CFB has specific things that they are in desperate need of for their clients, so please have a look at the list below before parting with your hard earn cash. And please ensure any donations have at least 3 months left on their best before date.

Continue reading 500 Foody Things!!!

And KRG’s 2016 chosen charity is….

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We are really excited to be supporting Canterbury Food Bank this year.

They are a community project and registered charity, who provide emergency food parcels to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across the Canterbury District (Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages).

We’re hoping to get involved in food drives, raising funds and volunteering at various events over the next 12 months, so look out for details of what we’re up to and how you can help on our Facebook page.

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Charity collection is well on the way!!

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This year we are again collecting toiletries and other such small gifts for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service.

We are well on the way to making a good start on this and we hope to have as big, if not even bigger, a bounty as we did last year!

If you’d like to help us support this fantastic organisation, just pop us a message on our Facebook page, or hand your donations over to your favourite KRG skater by the end of this month.

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