Position: Blocker, Jammer
Skating since: April 2011
Previous leagues: Bay City Rollers (Hawkes Bay – New Zealand)
Favourite skate gear: My skate set up! I skate in Antik boots (the best fitting boot ever and they can be color customised!) With the Suregrip Avenger plate and Atom Juke wheels. Heaven on my feet!
Derby hero: Hmmm… That’s so hard!! I love Hauss the Boss from Texas because she spins like a whirlwind around walls and Lady Trample from VRDL (orginally Pirate City All Scars and Team NZ) because shes an amazingly strong jammer. I have a major derby crush on Tui Lyons (VRDL) and Jackie Daniels (Texas) as blockers too.
Best moment so far: Playing in an All Stars bout with Jackie Daniels and Smarty Pants, winning my league’s first bout by four points in the last jam and having a crowd chant my name are my favourite memories 🙂
Origin of derby name: I was named Bambi by my coaches because I looked like a baby deer learning to walk when I started – gangly and uncoordinated. I then got really fast but was still uncoordinated and the name stuck! Also, I don’t have a ‘tough’ derby name so I hope that it gives me the element of surprise too I hope when I get on track and smoke someone!!
Notable injuries? I’ve been very lucky, I credit that to being fit and keeping my body strong outside of derby training. The worst I’ve had is a dislocated jaw from a high block in NZ nationals and I ate soup for a week!
Hobbies/interests outside derby: I’m from New Zealand, love traveling, going to the gym and yoga, and have a crippling obsession with chocolate. (Hence the need for the gym and yoga hehe).
Things people might not know: As well as my part time job I run an online business offering web design and also do freelance writing and photography! Hidden talents? I can do the worm! And I can say the longest place name in the world (I grew up there). Sooo talented haha.