Skater of the Month – February 2013
Our Skater of the Month is… Kaztration!!!
Now you are a celebrity skater, you have to give us an interview – it’s the law!
Congratulations on being our skater of the month – how do you feel about this amazing accolade?
I feel honoured and privileged to be DRR skater of the month. It is rewarding when your team recognises the hard work you have put in to improve fitness and performance.
What are you doing right now?
I am waiting for my skater rep team to come over for a coffee and a meeting about improving outcomes for all our skaters and league as a whole.
As one of DRR’s most formidable blockers, what advice can you give to anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
I would say that in order to improve your blocking skills, you need to move out of your comfort zone and break down the barriers players can sometimes have about hitting their team mates. You need to practice how you would play in a bout.
Who are you most terrified of meeting on the track – anyone?
I can’t say that I have ever been intimidated by another skater on track, I only see a skater’s colour and if it’s not my team colours then I will protect my jammer or defend my point, simples…
I have heard that in real life that you are a mum and have a job, and are not just a roller derby super hero – is this true?
In my real life I work full-time for the NHS and have two grown up teenagers. I am also a volunteer director of a social enterprise and community interest company in my community.
Had you ever played sports before you took up roller derby?
I skated in my youth at Granby Halls and later played in a mixed rounders league at uni. But roller derby is my true passion and motivates me to go to the gym every day to improve my fitness and performance for derby.
If you can tell someone new to derby just 3 things – what would they be?
It WILL change your life as you know it!
Keep pushing those boundaries and reach outside your comfort zone and never stop trying.
It will break your heart but the rewards are priceless.
If you could pick any song you wanted just for you for your skate out what would it be?
Seven Nation Army by White Stripes! (It’s my beep test metronome!)
What is your most favourite roller derby moment so far?
The match we played against Big Bucks High Rollers was absolutely awesome and to be part of the team that played that day was a privilege.
What Derby plans do you have for the future?
My plans are to continue improving my fitness & derby brain so that I can continue to play for my team for as long as I can, and empower other 40+ skaters to take on that same challenge.
Thank you for your time and for this interview, we hope it will inspire mini-Kazlars all over the country to become as awesome as YOU!