In our series of national squad themed interviews in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, we present Team Manager: Dorkmistress.
Dorkmistress has had a long and varied time in Roller Derby. Starting in 2011 with the Cardiff Roller Collective, as a skater and announcer, she has since moved to Swansea City Roller Derby (in 2013), and moved into refereeing for both Swansea and the South West Silures in 2014. She was Team Manager for Team Wales Roller Derby for the 2014 Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup, and continues in this role, having been re-elected in the post earlier this year. Her derby CV is extensive, including over 60 games refereed, and 100 announced, over her 5 year period in the sport.
In common with other Team Wales roles, you’re returning to the role of Manager from the last iteration of the National Team. What led you to decide to continue in the role?
It’s a big decision – I loved the last two years but it’s a fairly big commitment. We learnt so much in the last two years, starting the team from scratch and I wanted to make sure that I could see these lessons implemented. I know how I want to do things differently and think that I can do a much better job this time around. Plus, I’m not ready to watch Team Wales on track without being part of it! When I was thinking about how to answer these questions I looked back on the Team Wales Facebook page and seeing the support, encouragement and emotion on there made me remember what an incredible experience and honour it is to be part of Team Wales, and to be part of a team of such amazing people. And I still regularly look at the pictures of the Team Wales supporters gang – those crazy laydees from Neath Port Talbot, the supporters who travelled to Belgium and Dallas with their inflatables and daffodil hats, our own official leader of chants, Rhys Jones. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?
The first and last roller derby league in the country, Cornwall Roller Derby was formed in 2010 and has three home teams, the Rapscallion Rollers based in Penzance, Kernow Rollers in Truro and Towan Blystra Bombers in Newquay.
We have over 60 members, made up of skaters, NSOs, referees and volunteers, all training each week and coming together for monthly scrimmages as well as our annual intra-league grudge match. Players from each team can also be chosen for our travel teams, the CRD All Stars, the Scrumpy Old Men and our co-ed team, Cornish Nasties.
We are proud of our amazing league and continuously aim to promote a sense of belonging and empowerment for all of our members, while working together to create a great roller derby experience and supporting each other to become the best athletes we can be.
If you are interested in joining CRD or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hertfordshire Roller Derby is the home of Hell’s Belles Roller Girls. With nearly 50 members, the league, which was founded in late-2010, is the largest women’s flat-track roller derby team in Hertfordshire.
League Chair, Emma Hart said
“At Hertfordshire Roller Derby we are expanding rapidly as a league and we are very excited to take the next step in joining UKRDA and to be recognised as a member.”
HRD’s Hell’s Belles were one of six teams that formed the End of the World Series tournament in 2010, which over a number of years grew and rebranded to become the British Roller Derby Championships in 2015. Following promotion last year, Hell’s Belles will be competing in the British Roller Derby Championships Tier 3 East for 2016.
Find out more about Hertfordshire Roller Derby http://www.hertsrd.co.uk/
In our series of national squad themed interviews in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, we present Buccaneer Betty Fear who skated on the first Team Wales.
Tryouts are currently open for the next Team Wales, who will compete in the 2017 Roller Derby World Cup. To learn more about the Tryouts, read the FAQ, and the Application Form. The Application Form also has details of the dates and locations that Tryouts will occur, in April and May. If you would like to represent Wales internationally, then sign up to try-out!
Fear skating in the 2014 World Cup (against New Zealand), on the right. (Courtesy Sean Murphy)
Buccaneer Betty Fear started out in Roller Derby with Severn Roller Torrent in 2011. She remained with Severn, skating and coaching until 2015, when she joined Tiger Bay Brawlers. She was an active member of Tiger Bay during their first and only season in British Champs. She attended the 2014 Blood & Thunder World Cup as a member of Team Wales, playing against Norway, South Africa, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.
Before her retirement from Roller Derby at the end of the last season, she blogged on roller derby and other topics at It’s a Hard Block Life.