This week’s edition of Motivational Monday features our resident webmaster and designer of promotional materials, Samwise Banshee!
1) What do you love about derby?
I love how powerful I feel playing roller derby!! I love being on skates and I love having this one thing that is fully for me: my health and my happiness and the confidence I've gained from following through on this commitment - because being committed to roller derby is a commitment I've made to myself.
2) What motivates you to get better in derby?
Derby is something I've always been looking for in the sense that it provides a network of people to help hold me accountable to keeping myself in shape. When I started a little over 2 years ago, I wanted to get better so I could be like the badasses I was skating with and so I wouldn't hold them back in a game, or just embarrass myself in general lmao. But this year in particular, I've watched myself grow so much and really started to become my own inspiration. Even since this January, I've seen so much improvement in myself, and I'm just excited to see all the unexpected things I'll have learned a year from now that I think are impossible now.
3) What would you tell your fresh meat self?
I don't remember what it was like learning to ride a bike, but I remember how terrified and intimidated I was when I was learning to drive. There were way too many things going on at once, I could not understand how people were able to keep track of everything, and I was fairly certain I was going to die. Learning how to play roller derby is pretty much exactly like that. So just be patient and know that it's not supposed to be easy at first. But eventually and somehow suddenly, it will become second nature.
Photos courtesy of Brandi Hill, Ray Rodin, and Samwise
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