Photo courtesy of Bob Dunnell – mrmcwheely.com
Skating Since: 2012
How can people find you on social media?
Check out my Instagram account @screwbarrymore
Quick n Derby
How did first get into skating?
I watched Whip it then next minute I found myself volunteering at the VRDL Grand Final as a first aider. I was instantly hooked and went along to their fresh meat the next day. My first session resulted in my wheel falling off my skate and falling over in front of everyone! I committed to buying a pair of skate the next day and worked hard to learn how to skate. I remember extra training sessions where I would tell myself to stop at the line until I could hockey stop. Soon after I was involved in creating East Vic Roller derby - a club in Dandenong. I then moved to VRDL in 2013.
How would you describe your skating style / What type of skating do you like to do?
I skate primarily as a brace which involves lots of backwards skating, catches, hit outs, and communication. I like to skate quickly, which makes me super twitchy! I'm working on being more calm. I also skate as a pivot and practice my jamming skills too.
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What inspires you?
I love the opportunity to create the best roller derby in the world. I enjoy that feeling when you get a good hit, a good jam, an untouched lead jammer. Those moments where everything comes together in perfect teamwork makes me happy.
How did you get involved with Bayside Blades?
Bayside have been an excellent resource for our club for many years both in Australia and internationally. It's super cool to represent such a great company with people who want their skaters to have the best products so they can perform at their best ability.
Skate Set up:
- Arius Platinum plate
- Solaris boot
- Atom Savant wheels
- S-One Visor helmet
- 187 elbows and knees
- Seba iLQ9 bearings
- Atom Trolley bag
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Favourite Skaters: I love the tenacity and good vibes PeaceWar brings on and off the track. She is a stand out of everything I love and want to be in derby.
I rate Jessica Chesnuts and Jes Rivas as suck back queens who are always consistent.
My teammate Shaina Serelson brings something you can't teach. She has so much trust and respect for her teammates which makes you feel unstoppable. Lady Trample can spin circles around ANYONE, and Bicepsual is literally the cutest and scariest blocker in the world.
Favourite places to skate: The Factory, St Kilda skate park. The Shed skate park. Champs where you can feel the roar of the crowd!
Other interests: I enjoy rock climbing, eating donuts and hiking!
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