So ….. I’m a Harlot now, guess that’s a good place to start my story 🙂
I’ve been skating for around 7 years and due to moving around for work and things I am on my third home league. After skating with TBB (my last league) for just over a year, I was offered a job opportunity in London and so ended up there for 4 months. I never got round to organising myself whilst I was there and so other than the odd scrim etc I had 4 months off skating.
Once I knew I was moving up to Nottingham, I had a chat with George (Mak) one of the Harlots as I was really interested in joining the team. I was itching to get back on skates and wanted a bit more info before I contacted them. We had a good chat about the team and I decided they were definitely the team for me, she explained the process and put me in touch with the relevant person. Once we had gone through all of that and I had moved up here it was time to go along to my first session with them.
I’ll be completely honest here, even though I’ve been skating for a few years now and been a member of two different leagues I was still bricking it!! I don’t know whether it was the fact of me having 4 months off, or that feeling of the first day at school …..
Luckily, as I pulled into the car park I recognised a couple of people as being skaters from their large wheely bags helmets strapped to the outside so I tagged along. Mak was leading that session and so introduced me to the team – it made me feel at ease seeing a bunch of friendly faces as well as people welcoming me and saying they were looking forward to having me on the team.
I’ve been luckily enough to already played 5 games with the HH including a tournament in Caen (for which I VERY unexpectedly got the captains award :D). I really feel like I have found my feet and am so proud to call myself a Harlot! I could not ask for more supportive coaches, bench manager or team mates. I know people always say that roller derby is more of a community than just a sport, but I have really found a new family with the Harlots. I know that these guys bring out the best in me on and off track and would have my back no matter what! I couldn’t ask for a better bunch to skate, compete and socialise with! They have the perfect balance between competitiveness and fun!
S K D!!!