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Featured Skater - Team Australia's Christy Demons

Derby Name: Christy Demons

Derby Number:  14

Age: 27

League: Victorian Roller Derby League

Position: Blocker/Jammer

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

My friend Candice invited me to come see her band play at what she described as 'some lesbian roller derby thing'. When I saw the derby I loved it at first sight, joined up and didn't look back! I'm currently in my sixth year of skating.

Highlight of your derby career?

So many... one that stands out is playing in Roller Derby Xtreme on the banked track, discovering a totally different style of derby and falling in love with the banked track rules. But also little things, like those moments where your team is totally in sync and executing some beautiful plays, or when you pull off a particular skill in a game that you've been working on at training.

What is your personal derby goal?

I feel like I'm saying this for every question but there's genuinely too many to mention because I have a lot of goals. In general though, I'm going to work really hard and learn all the things so I can be the best skater I can be, help other skaters improve by sharing what I know, and invent a new secret strategy no one has ever seen before!

Who is your Derby Idol?

Too many to mention! I watch a lot of derby and I am constantly inspired by heaps of new and old skaters who I see play (Australian as well as international). There are so many skaters that I look up to and try to learn from.

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

Do a lot of outdoor skating, seek feedback from as many people as you can, ask questions, try new things, don't be afraid of looking silly, and have fun. Oh, and practice your bad foot as much as your good foot, if not more!

Shout out to Dave Arnold Photography for this wicked shot of Demons jamming for VRDL See More

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