Published on October 17th, 2011 | by DerbyLife0
Meet Team England: Fox Sake
4.5 with LRG. A couple of years intermittently pootling round the park/roller disco as a kid.
DL: What was your previous athletic background, if any?
FS: A bit of everything. I’ve always been a tomboy. I loved sports and I looked forward to school PE, which I think makes me something of a rarity! I played in the girls’ football (soccer) team in junior school, refused to play touch rugby (really, no tackles? what’s the point?) and represented my senior school at netball, javelin, long jump and 100m, though my potential (field) hockey career was cut short when my school stopped us playing because there were too many injuries. I swear this had nothing to do with me. I was also a keen (read: obsessed) horseback rider in my early teens. I would still ride if I could, but there are just not enough hours in the day.
DL: Why did you want to be on Team England?
FS: It’s not every day you get to represent your country at a sport without having trained since you could walk! I think it’s going to be great experience for us all to learn and improve from, especially if we get to play Team USA (we’re all about ass-kickings as learning experience here at LRG), and it means more to me now having missed out on London’s games at Eastern Regionals through injury.
DL: How did you feel when you found out you had made it as one of the top 20 skaters?
FS: Relief, mostly – I think there’s a certain amount of pressure as a member of LRG and London Brawling and I would have felt pretty rubbish had I failed to make it on! That aside, massive excitement at getting to play with and against some different and awesome players and perhaps playing different roles in the squad than I’m used to. And I always wanted to visit Toronto!
DL: Which skater inspires you most, and why?
FS: Teflon Donna is the skater I aspire to be like. She’s not only an awesome blocker and jammer in the style I like to play, but she seems totally unflappable and she’s always smiling. She reminds me that while derby is serious business, it’s also supposed to be fun, and not something to get wound up over. I forget that sometimes. Also skaters like Racer McChaseHer and Psycho Babble – I’m not a little skinny girl and never will be, so I tend to look up to the bigger, powerful jammers – that’s who I want to be. I’m a total fangirl for all of Gotham, but really, aren’t we all?
DL: Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out?
FS: You have to do off-skates training. Yes, it sucks, it’s boring, it’s no fun, but you need to be fit and strong if you want to compete. It has taken me about 4 years to figure this out, but seeing the amazing progress of my London Brawling team-mate Flamin’ Aggro in such a short time (she’s a firefighter and super fit) has really brought that home for me. Time to suck it up and get swinging the kettlebells. I love kettlebells.
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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