Hey from Hippy Hazard!

So the Preston Roller Girls have their next home bout coming up this Saturday 15th February. We’re all very excited to host another home bout after the success of our ‘Debutante Brawl’, ‘Blockhemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Disblockable Me’ bouts. We aim to show PRG’s true (navy and white) colours and open up our doors to one and all again.  This time it’s a Valentine’s theme with a gruesome twist, and perhaps Al Capone and Bugs Moran there somewhere. Yep, PRG present ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’ against the Swansea City Slayers. (WOOOOOO :D)

Advance tickets at the price of £4.50 are available here until Friday 14th February at midnight. Tickets will also be available on the door. More details can be found on the event page here. We can’t wait to see you all there!

A recent post in blogpreston put us at number two for top places to have a Valentine’s date. Thinking about it, why wouldn’t you want to sit awkwardly close to someone you probably fancy the pants off, eating some kind of glittery cupcake, to watch lots of awesome women skilfully bash each other on skates? Seems legit. It may mean shouting a little to hear each other, or it may even get you wanting to practice awkward flirty derby moves on each other. Beats Nando’s hands down, right!?

But I digress…

With all this (commercially sickening, I’m not cynical or anything) love in the air, I thought I’d ask a few of our skaters to express what made them FALL IN LOVE with roller derby. Each of our players has a flourishing route to derby love as unique as their taste in skating socks…and  90’s pop music. The kind of warm and fuzzy moments that send you out of training something like this…

500 Days of Summer – You Make My Dreams

To throw in my own contribution, I shall seek in the cosmic realms of my mind the warm and fuzzy feelings of love and acceptance. I started the Sinners to Winners course in August 2012 with a huge smile and kept it ever since). At some point there was a feeling where I became ONE with my skates (my team mates will laugh at this, because I probably still look like I’m constantly about to fall over). But it was as if my skates had become a lovely extension of my legs and not just a strange eight-wheeled hindrance.

Secondly, and more importantly, an acceptance of my seemingly strange personality happened. Like, duuuuuuuudes we are all in this together (crap, I nearly started singing High School Musical). Say if you’ve missed a few training sessions, and you come back greeted with a bunch of smiling chatty faces, I feel lucky and grateful every damn time.

So, onward with this cosmic love journey. Here are a few of our skaters declaring their love for roller derby…

‘I, like many others, first heard about roller derby through the film ‘Whip It’. I’ve never been very athletic, and I’ve never participated in team sports, but I fell in love with the game through that film. The “Be Your Own Hero” mantra inspired me to try and change the areas of my life that I felt I was unsatisfied with. I wanted to be around people who inspired me, and challenged me, and taught me new things. But I also wanted to look cool doing it. I didn’t plan on joining the team at the time that I did. My plan was to get some skates and practice for a little while so that I wouldn’t go into it looking like Bambi on ice. Around the time I was looking at getting my skates Preston Roller Girls announced their 4th Sinners to Winners group. My head told me to go for it, so I went for it. I had changed my job a couple months before, and now I had every Sunday, and every evening free, the timing was perfect. I just had to risk looking like Bambi for a little while. On the first day I fell backwards and hurt my coccyx, but I carried on. In the space of 16 weeks I went from not being able to stop unless there was a wall in my way, to doing crossovers, skating backwards, passable transitions, and even stopping on my own. But the only reason I can do all this is because of my team. I went into this sport alone, and I have met so many wonderful, amazing people who have taught me so much. I can’t wait to learn more, and I’m looking forward to getting to know my team better.’
 Ferris Crueller

‘I just loved that when playing derby, you have to be forceful and assertive but you also have to be a really good team player. That’s a combination of skills I think are really important in life generally and in derby you’re encouraged to be like that and meet lots of people who are like that too.’
Peppy Nephrine (She has been skating overall for around four years and joined PRG around 16 months ago)

‘It was an accident really, I went to the Superfunk roller disco in 2010 with the [derby] wife and got handed a flyer for this weird thing they called ‘roller derby’. As I wanted to keep fit in a fun way (and loving skating already) I went along to my first session in October intending just to have a little skate about for a bit of fun and basically fell in love from there on.’

‘I started skating 5 months ago after not being on skates since I was a teen. I found Derby just a few weeks after and fell in love/became obsessed with it. I’d never been much into sports but the dedication and support from the trainers and the other team members, and the way they believed in us fresh meat, made me stick with it and believe I really can do this.’
Unhinged Ginge

‘I’ve been skating since October 2010. I fell in love with derby because of the ethos and spirit of it. Everyone feels like a part of the ‘family’.
Anneka Vice

‘I’ve been skating just over a year now yaaaay! And I think it had to be joining in with the big girls drills where I was sort of like omfg omfg but also eeeep this is it I’M IN’

‘I have been skating since September 2013. A mere 16 weeks of intense training and extra skate sessions at Wigan to improve those pesky minimum skill requirements! Though covered in bruises, many wall slams and face plants, I have loved every moment skating with PRG. Everyone is so supportive and always encouraging me to push myself. It is all of this I have fallen in love with! Not to mention bashy fun!’
Texas Warrior

Some awesome insights into derby love, eh? We all hope you can make this Saturday so that you can see the bashy love in person!

I shall now leave you with a simple confession. I don’t have a fancy quote to shove at the end of this post or anything. But I know one thing. I share a common love for an awesome sport that goes towards shaping many supposedly ‘ordinary’ people with ‘ordinary’ lives. Roller derby brings out something extraordinary in us all, and we should never be afraid to embrace it…with all the hip checks and hugs in the world.

Peace, Love and Bashyness,

Hippy Hazard (plus Sick Bucket) x