Skater of the Month – March 2013
Ophelia Fear – you are our skater of the month!!!
Now you are a celebrity skater, you have to give us an interview as it’s the law!
Congratulations on being our skater of the month – how do you feel about this amazing accolade?
I am incredibly humbled and touched to have been picked when I have been skating with the Dollies for such a relatively short period of time. My face looks like this 😀
What are you doing right now?
I am sat on my sofa about to do some lesson planning having just got home from work.
As one of DRR’s most fearless jammers – what advice can you give to anyone that wants to follow in your footsteps?
I don’t consider my footsteps big enough to follow in, but I think it’s really important to make sure you push yourself as an individual every training session, trust in your team mates to help and protect you on the track and to always look for those gaps!
Who are you most terrified of meeting on the track – anyone?
Trashin’ Bones and Taz, because they are both just amazing blockers who will knock you over in a heartbeat – I always try to get them on my team in scrim!
I have heard in real life that you are not only a grown up, but also a teacher is this true?
This is a strange, but true, fact. My secret life as a roller girl has almost been exposed many a time when I’ve forgotten to wash my arms properly after scrim. So far only one class have queried my number 47, which lead to half the class asking “What’s Roller Derby?” and the rest exclaiming “THAT’S AWESOME”.
Had you ever done sports before you took up roller derby?
I did Judo when I was at school, but my sensei always said I wasn’t aggressive enough – which I find quite amusing now that I play Roller Derby! At Uni I played a bit of Netball, but never considered myself a serious sportswoman – until now!
If you can tell someone new to derby just 3 things – what would they be?
1. Never dwell on a past jam.
2. Don’t compare yourself to other skaters, just skate the best that you can.
3. Always say thank you to refs and NSOs.
If you could pick any song you wanted just for you for your skate out what would it be?
It’s got to be Eye of the Tiger. Or Space Olympics by Lonely Island. Tough call.
What is your most favourite roller derby moment so far?
Jamming against Ballistic Whistle in the DRR Boxx and Balls bootcamp. It was intense and I just had a crazy rush of adrenaline throughout!
What Derby plans do you have for the future?
To stay on the A-team, jam faster, hit harder and help bring in the wins!
Thank you for your time and for this interview, we hope it will inspire Super Phelia’s all over the country to become as awesome as YOU!