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Published on October 28th, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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Meet Team England: Feral Fairy

Name: Feral Fairy

League Affiliation: Leeds Roller Dolls

Years Skating: 2 years 9 months

DL: What was your previous athletic background, if any?

FF: Haha! I stopped doing P.E. at 13, I think that says it all!

DL: Why did you want to be on Team England?

FF: This is a hard question because who wouldn’t want to be on Team England?! I just love roller derby and want to keep progressing in the sport and trying out for Team England was the logical next step, and the biggest!

DL: How did you feel when you found out you had made it as one of the top 20 skaters?

FF: Proper CHUFFED!!! I had been working my socks off since returning from injury in February 2011, a broken ankle, to get back to my best, I never dreamt of trying out because tryouts where only two months after my return. But my family, especially my Pops, were so incredibly supportive that I decided why not? What did I have to lose? When I broke my ankle I had thought that my love affair with roller derby might be over, but since I came back stronger than ever, I thought sod it…and the rest is history.

DL: Which skater inspires you most, and why?

FF: Argh…there are so many! I could reel off dozens of names from various stateside teams but to be honest I don’t KNOW them and that matters to me, so I pick Kamikaze Kitten of the London Rollergirls.

I remember asking Kami once what off-skates training she did, in a bid to improve my own performance and fitness, and when I got her response I was bowled over. This woman works her butt off to be at the top off her game, she clearly has a natural talent but her dedication and commitment to becoming the best skater she can be and an athlete is crazy!!!

I think she might actually be a machine…but don’t tell anyone I told you.

DL: Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out?

FF: Work hard, it WILL pay off. You only get out what you put in and everyone has the potential to become the next Kamikaze Kitten, they just have to want it and put in the time.

You can follow Team England on Twitter (@TeamEnglandRD), facebook, or visit their website if you’re interested in helping contribute funds to individual skaters or all of Team England to help them get to the 2011 World Cup.

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