Give it up for September’s Rollerbillie of the Month, Pushy Riot!
How long have you been skating?
Almost exactly two years!
How did you get involved with roller derby?
I moved to Cambridge and I didn’t know anyone, and I met a woman at work wearing a Rollerbillies hoodie. She doesn’t skate anymore but she encouraged me to go along to Fresh Meat. I thought it would be a good way to make some friends and indeed it was! I don’t think I was prepared for how physically challenging it would be though – I spent the first few months feeling ridiculously out of shape (and I still do sometimes).
How did you come up with your name and number?
I honestly can’t remember how I landed on Pushy Riot…
My number (29) is my house number at home in Nova Scotia. It reminds me of spending time there with family and friends, even though I’m far from home at the moment.
What is your favourite position to play?
I don’t know! I like jamming when I’m actually doing it but it’s a lot of pressure and I get nervous! I enjoy blocking a lot, and I really like working as a team with the other three blockers. I’ve pivoting a lot lately, and I really like that actually!
What is your skate gear of choice?
I love my Scabs kneepads. I got them second hand and I’ve had them for ages so they’re falling apart but I really like the way they fit my legs and don’t move. They’re also a bit slimmer than the ones I had before which makes it easier to do crossovers.
What is your best derby moment?
Making the B team! It made me feel like all my hard work and injuries were paying off.
Who is your roller derby inspiration and why?
I have a lot, and they’re all people for whom derby doesn’t come naturally. Some people are not naturally athletic or coordinated and have to work really, really hard to make progress. I find it so awesome to see people stick with it and become amazing players.
Where would you like to see the sport in another 10 years from now?
Not sure… I kind of like where it is now – it’s a bit niche, but it’s also a serious sport.
What’s your day job?
Librarian and PhD student.
What do you do when you’re not skating?
I like to cook and I like to eat. I’m a big reader. And I enjoy outdoorsy things like hiking and camping. And looking at dogs on the Internet.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to get involved with roller derby?
Be prepared that it’s a big commitment. You will spend a lot of time training, both on and off skates. And a team sport means that other people depend on you showing up and putting in the work. It’s incredibly rewarding but also demanding.
And also don’t compare yourself to other people!