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Featured Skater - Team Australia's Annabelle Lecter

Derby Name: Annabelle Lecter

Derby Number: 8

Age: 31

League: Sydney Roller Derby League

Position: Wherever I'm needed!

How did you get into derby and how long have you been playing?
This is my 8th year. I discovered derby when I first moved to Brisbane; I was looking for a sports club of some kind to join to meet people and get fit. I came across a small group wanting to start up this crazy new sport they had seen online from America, involving roller skates, full contact, costumes and alter egos. It sounded awesomely fun, so I signed up right away, and haven't looked back since!

Highlight of your derby career?
Oh, this is a hard one, there are so many to choose from! Skating in the 2010 TGSS 2-point Grand Final. Having the opportunity to train with LADD and Gotham on the RDX banked track. Playing with a very tiny squad (and an injury) and still taking out the Skate-turion tournament with NBR in 2013. Or bench coaching the Wizards of Aus to 5th place at the Men's World Cup. But the ultimate would be representing my country on skates at the B&T World Cup!

What is your personal derby goal?
I'm aiming to reach at least 100 games before I retire - and it's not that far off. Beyond that, I'd like to be able to spend more time giving back to the derby community through coaching and officiating.

Who is your Derby Idol?
Gotham's legendary hive mind. Whilst I am in total awe of the individual skills of skaters like Bonnie Thunders and Sexy Slaydie, it's the whole team dynamic that is truly impressive with how smart and intuitive they operate.

What is the best piece of advice you could give and up and coming derby player?
This sport is HARD, and it takes years to even reach a level when you're understanding most of the things that are going on around you on the track. So be patient! The "magic light bulb moment" I see in skaters usually happens around the 3rd year. So don't ever put yourself down if you don't "get it" straight away; just focus on smaller goals, one step at a time, and enjoy the journey! Even 8 year veterans like myself still have a lot to learn.

*Thanks to Roaringstorm Photography for allowing the use of this awesome photo for Lecter's profile. For more, click here.

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