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Roller Derby Blog | October 2014

Featured Skater-Team Australia's Colonel Kaos!

28th October 2014

Derby Name: Colonel Kaos!

Derby Number: 601

Age: 27

League: Adelaide Roller Derby

Position: Jammer/Blocker

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

I have been playing for 4 years. I was a bit of a skate park punk and grew up on all sorts of wheeled fun things. Knowing this, my friends took me to a few bouts in 2010 and was totally hooked, I joined the ADRD fresh meat program that same year and haven't looked back!

Highlight of your derby career?

Making the 2014 Team Australia Squad! ^_^.

What is your personal derby goal?

To always challenge myself and be the best skater I can be. I would love to play in this years World Cup and hopefully one day make it to the WFTDA playoffs with my league.

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

Skate as often as possible, ask lots of questions, push yourself! Train just as hard on skates as you do off skates, fitness is your friend!

Thank you to Roaringstorm Photography for the use of this epic shot of Kaos! at The Great Southern Slam 2014. click here

Featured Skater-Team Australia's Chop Chop

17th October 2014

Derby Name: Chop Chop

Derby Number: 117

Age: 32

League: United Brisbane Roller Derby

Position: Jammer/Blocker

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

My friend introduced me and I've been playing since 2009.

Highlight of your derby career?

Getting picked to play on the banked track the LA derby dolls.

What is your personal derby goal?

To be picked in the top 20 to play and represent Australia for the 2014 World Cup

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

Perfect your basic derby skills before attempting to try the hard and technical skills.

Thank you to Carmen Jay for this powerful shot of Chop Chop. Visit www.carmenjay.net 

Athlete Advice- 9 Simple Ways to Improve your Performance

13th October 2014

Words By Grant Jenkins- PropelPerform

As an athlete, there is no doubt that you want to succeed. You put in the effort, spend countless hours training and improving, even more hours discussing, analysing and dreaming about your sport.

The scary thing is that for everything you do there is someone out there doing that and more! They’re pushing themselves a bit harder, doing a bit extra and recovering a bit better.  So here is a list of things that you could do to catch up:

1) Go to Bed at the Same Time Every Night. Something that is clear when it comes to sleep and performance: you need plenty of quality sleep! There are many ways you can improve the quality of your sleep but one easy way is to go to bed and awake at the same time every night. Simple.

2) Stretch Daily.  There are 1,440 minutes in the day and there is no way you can convince anyone that you couldn’t find 10 to stretch some of the major muscles you (ab)use daily. And you’ll feel so much better.

3) No More Fast Food. Not as a treat or snack or a reward. Cut it out. McDonalds, KFC, etc. have no place in an athlete’s diet. There are plenty of other tastier, healthier alternatives.

4) Attack Your Weaknesses. We all prefer to focus on our strengths – it is easier and definitely more comfortable. However, it might be that weakness that is holding you back. Add an extra set on your weaker leg, ask a sibling to help you out or stay after practice for some more individual work (your coach will only be too pleased to see your initiative!). Just 10 minutes, five times a week would give you over 20 hours of extra work a year!

5) Get Stronger. In over 15 years of working with athletes in a range of sports I have never heard a coach say ‘That athlete is too strong’. Neither has anyone I have ever talked to. Hit the gym or do some extra body weight exercises… You’ll see an improvement in your sport.

6) Train so hard your coach has to hold you back, not push you on. When was the last time you asked your coach for extra work? When was the last time you just went out and did a session by yourself? If you only do what your coach asks of you your success will be limited. If you have to be held back, there is no doubt you will succeed.

MORE: Find out about our Junior Sport Science Symposium.

7) Turn off your phones, tablets, laptops & TV 30 minutes before you go to bed.  We know sleep in vital to performance and these things are not good for your sleep.  They stimulate your brain and make it hard to relax – not good if you need the recovery sleep provides.

8) Protein and 3 Colours at Every Meal. Eggs, asparagus (green), tomato (red) & banana (yellow). Salmon, capsicum, broccoli, & pumpkin (orange). Chicken, egg plant, zucchini, carrots. These are examples of what you major meals should look like. As a rule of thumb each colour represents a group of nutrients, so by having multiple colours during the day your body is getting a wide range of nutrients.

9) Recover Better. There are many sporting programs where the ‘recovery’ is scheduled into the annual plans but it doesn’t mean you can’t do extra. Jump on the foam roller, re-read point (2), book a massage yourself, splash around in a pool (especially if the water is cold), go for a body surf, take a friend to watch a movie, read a book.

Good luck and enjoy the rest of your journey.

PS You may have noticed that you can control every one of the above points (and most don’t cost a thing!).

PPS If your coach sent you this to read, send them to read: 11 Ways to Improve your Coaching

Visit PropelPerform for more!

Featured Skater-Team Australia's Cookie Cutter

10th October 2014

Derby Name: Cookie Cutter

Derby Number: 45

Age: 29

League: Sun State Roller Girls

Position: Blocker

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

I've been playing since 2008 after my sister told me I should come and join this roller skating thing she did.

Highlight of your derby career?

So many! Playing in the World Cup in 2011 was pretty rad though. If I'm lucky enough to get that opportunity again in 2014 my derby heart might explode :)

What is your personal derby goal?

I love to make smaller goals - as in month to month type goals. Sharing these goals with someone also helps keep you on point.

Who is your derby Idol?

I have always admired Smarty Pants. She is an amazing woman and I find her coaching style extremely engaging. I've also been lucky enough to be able to play alongside her with Team Antik and I always learn something new each and every time I see her.

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

To always keep learning. Go to as many clinics you can afford and get the most out of every session. Different coaches have such a diverse range of skills and coaching attributes that you will be able to benefit from.

Thank you to K M Photography for this amazing shot of Cookie at the 2014 Tropicarnage Cup!

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