Skater Spotlight: K-Tality

Making her debut as team captain with the Rogue Scholars on 11 April will be…the one and only K-Tality!

ktality - Photo by David Mackie/Soul Hunter Photography

Photo by David Mackie/Soul Hunter Photography

How many years have you been skating?
5 years

How did you get involved in roller derby?
I, like so many of us, saw the movie Whip It. Then I saw a bout in Brisbane, and then joined my local league at the time, NRRD

What is your favourite position?
Jammer

What was your best “lightbulb” moment?
Doing a bootcamp, learning some jammer defence. Everything fell into place, and I did something awesome that I’d never tried before. Felt great, and it was amazing to hear the coach, Scald Eagle say I was awesome(!!!!).

Do you have a pre-bout routine?
Getting bacon and eggs, listening to my getting pumped mix. I always like to get there early so I have time to get ready at my own pace.

Do you have a favourite song to get amped pre-bout?
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.

What was your favourite bout moment?
Playing with my hero Scald Eagle, and getting words of encouragement from the bench.

How did you choose your derby name?
My awesome best friend named me after a comic book character – Fatality, a character who is a Star Sapphire in the DC Comics universe.

What skate set-up do you have/Do you have any gear recommendations?
I’m currently on Riedell Vixens with Atom wheels. My biggest recommendation is to invest in good knee pads- I’m in love with my 187s, very sturdy knee pads that keep me together.

What is one piece of advice you would give a freshie?
Persevere! You’ll fall down. A LOT. Just keep getting back up.

Did you play sport before derby?
Field hockey and gymnastics.

Who are your derby heroes and why?
Scald Eagle and Stefanie Mainey. Luckily I got to meet both of them in January this year, and played on a potluck team with them. Eagle is very much the kind of jammer I would like to be, especially as we are both gangly jammers. Mainey is an amazing, calm skater and I really admire that. They both have different skating styles and there is so much to learn from both.

How would you sum up your derby playing style in three words?
Fast, agile, fluid.

11 April double header – “Maulin’ Rogues”!

Roller derby bout poster April 2015See a great big helping of roller derby action in Canberra on Saturday 11 April with not one but two awesome bouts in the one event: “Maulin’ Rogues”. Our second women’s team, the Rogue Scholars, will be making their debut against the Wagga Derby Dolls’ Murderous Crows, and to warm you up for that, our men’s team, Capital Carnage will play our women’s team, the DisHonour Rollers.

This is going to be a smashing start to the VDL home season – don’t miss out!

Tickets are on sale now.

Date: Saturday 11 April
Time: doors open 3 pm; 4 pm Carnage vs DHRs; 6.30 pm Scholars vs Crows.
Where: Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Tuggeranong
Tickets: $15, children under 12 free with a paying adult
Buy online now (booking fee applies). Or at the door.

Still time to join roller derby!

Did you miss out on our fresh meat info night? You still have time to join us for our next fresh meat bootcamp!

We will be holding three free “come and try” sessions where you can get a taste of roller derby training. These will be held at our training venue at Queanbeyan High School. The dates and times are:

Saturday 21 February, 2 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday 24 February, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Saturday 28 February, 2 pm – 4 pm

You are welcome to come to one, two or all three sessions.

Please email vdltraining@gmail.com to let us know you’re interested and so we can make sure there is enough loaner gear to go around and give you all the information you need. You will need your own mouthguard though.

VDL welcomes all genders to play and officiate roller derby. We have two women’s teams, a men’s team and a mixed team.