Tag: inspiration

Watch the Moxi Girls and try not to get a Huge Skate Crush

I dare you to watch this video of the Moxi team and not want to strap on your quads and form a bad-ass all-female skate gang. I dare you.

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The hard that makes it great


A big, exciting and slightly scary roller derby-packed weekend ahead! Tomorrow, to Rochester for a bootcamp with – I can’t quite believe I’m typing this – SCALD EAGLE  (*swoons*). Then on Sunday, off to Leicester with three of my favourite roller derby people for our first cherry popper bout. Can you think of a better way to spend Valentine’s weekend? Me neither 😉

Image credit, Ell Christman Flickr CC

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5 Awesome Sports Movies To Be Inspired By Today

Since getting into roller derby I’ve found myself much more interested in team-mate and team/coach dynamics. When I say ‘much more interested’, I mean I’ve gone from having watched The Mighty Ducks maybe 10 years ago to having the sudden urge to watch ALL THE SPORTS FILMS. On a recent two-day spell off work sick, I managed to consume no fewer than FIVE sports movies from my blanket-fort-of-illness on the sofa. They were:

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Miracle (2004)

Based on the true story of Herb Brooks, the coach that led the 1980 US ice hockey team to an unlikely triumph against the heavily favoured Soviet team. Who can resist a film that sees a “ragtag squad of college kids” go up against a “legendary juggernaut”? I loved the dedication to training and teamwork exemplified in this film. My favourite quote: “The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back!” Amen.

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A League of Their Own (1992)

It’s nice to watch a sports film with a female cast for a change (if you know of any other good ones, holla at me in the comments!). A fictionalised account of the real life All-American Girls Baseball League, a women’s league set up during World War II to keep America interested in baseball, this movie won’t change your life but is still a fun watch. The ending is schmaltzy as hell, BUT… Lori Petty! Geena Davis! (Somewhat weirdly) Madonna!


Friday Night Lights (2004)

Friday Night Lights looks at the manifold pressures heaped upon high school  (American) football players, and their coach, in a small town where football is God. Set in 1988 in Odessa, Texas and based on a true story, this film really tugged at my heart-strings. Favourite quote: “Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down, because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything that you could. There wasn’t one more thing that you could’ve done.”

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Whip It (2009)

How could I not include the only wide-release feature film about roller derby in my sick-day-movie-marathon? Having seen this a couple of times, I find myself skipping past the indie-boy love story bits (bleugh) to the skating and female bonding. So many penalties though guys… so many. Favourite quote: “Put some skates on; be your own hero.”

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We Could be King (2014)

The only documentary of the bunch, and for me the most affecting. When a budget crisis in Philadelphia forces the closure of two dozens schools and the integration of Germantown School students into long-term rival school Martin Luther King, football is the thing that brings them together. The boys coach, laid-off from Germantown and working as an unpaid volunteer at MLK, is awe-inspiring to watch. Favourite quote:  “Humility: not only playing for yourself, but playing for the man right next to you. Sacrificing for the man next to you. That’s brotherhood.”

What’s your favourite film to watch for team/coach dynamics? 

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Shake It Off

Today was a tough day. I felt clumsy, awkward; everything felt like work. I can tell that I’m letting negative mind-talk get the better of me, psyching myself out of stuff I’ve been able to do before. I knew that the transition from rookie training to training with the B team would be challenging, but I don’t think I realised how big a part of the challenge would be mental. I’m certain that if I can just stick it out past the What the fuck am I even doing here?  thoughts and keep going to every practice, my abilities will start to improve. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of how short a time you’ve been skating, and of the time and effort those awesome skaters had to put in to get where they are, which someone did for me today. And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s good to put your headphones in, crank up the volume and listen to the wise words of one T. Swift.

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Watch Footage from Rollercon 2015

A few of my leaguemates were off at Las Vegas based roller derby convention Rollercon recently, sharing lots of envy-inducing photographs on Facebook. I’d love to go to Rollercon one year when I’m more along in the sport – until then, I’ll have to get my fill from watching a bunch of the bout footage which is up on Derbyverse.

The fast-paced USARS rules showcase looks pretty interesting for learning more about this alternative rule system (here’s a 2014 comparison with the dominant WFTDA rules if you’re interested):

Or perhaps the nearly-nude Chippendales Vs Magic Mike XXL, raising funds for prostate cancer research, is more your thing:

But I think I’ll start with the “hot and sweaty climax of ‘Gay Friday'”, Vagine Regime Vs Caulksuckers:

Find more Rollercon 2015 bout footage on Derbyverse.

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Roller Skating Flash Mob on London’s Southbank

This week I’m getting inspiration from these roller skating human statues on the Southbank. Would have loved to stumble across these in person! Ah to one day be this easy-going on skates… that’s the dream.

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Falling down, but not staying down

Falling down quote

Recently I came across this 1936 quote from actress Mary Pickford and I felt like it really resonated with roller derby. The full quote is “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” There’s just something about this quote that I really like, for roller derby or even life in general. When you find yourself on your (literal or metaphorical) ass, don’t succumb to negativity. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward.

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