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Featured Skater - Team Australia's Bambi von Smash'er

Derby Name: Bambi von Smash'er

Derby Number: 411

Age: 36

League: Canberra Roller Derby League

Position: All over!

How did you get into derby and how long have you been playing?

I’ve been playing for 6 years. A friend at work came to me one day and said “hey, I’m starting a roller derby league, I think you should join, you’d be good at it”, so I joined, and here I am still skating 6 years later.

Highlight of your derby career?

I've been blessed with many AMAZING opportunities over the last 6 years. Playing in the 2011 roller derby world cup would definitely be up there as a MAJOR highlight.

What is your personal derby goal?

I love playing derby and I’ve had many amazing opportunities. I train hard, spending most of my "free" time skating or at the gym. Roller derby is an exceptional sport but until it is professional I don’t think about it as a career, it’s a passion. My goals are to continue being fit, effective on the track and to keep loving the game. I’m keen to see our league become a full WFTDA league and be involved in competition in the USA.

Who is your Derby Idol?

A skater in my league - Pink Mist. She is organised like a demon, fit as a fiddle, and on track has the calmest, smoothest head and no matter what is thrown at her she just keeps working, she works as hard in jam 20 as she did in jam 1. Pink is fair minded and hard working in all aspects of derby, she enriches our league and the teams that she skates with.

What is the best piece of advice you could give and up and coming derby player?

Try not to aspire to be another skater, aspire to be your own best skater. In sports we can get bound up with who beats who and who is better than who…because that is what competition is, right?! This merry-go-round can be crippling though! When you go out on the track or go to the gym, aim to beat you yesterday to be the skater you dream of tomorrow.

 

**Credit to Roaringstorm Photography for allowing us to use this image of Bambi. For more fantastic images from Roaringstorm Photography click here 

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