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Published on November 2nd, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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Meet Team England: Dee-Mise

Name: Dee-Mise

League Affiliation: Rainy City Rollergirls, Manchester, UK

Years Skating: I have been skating since the age of 6 when I won a pair of roller boots in a raffle (well, when my parents did). I have skated at various roller rinks and roller sport clubs through the years and have been playing derby for around 2 and a half years.

Previous Athletic Background: Before joining the Rainy City Rollergirls, I have had the privilege of skating as a member of the British squad for roller hockey, competing in tournaments around the world such as Las Vegas and Gibraltar, as well as tours around the UK playing various teams and giving demonstrations to schools and colleges to help promote the sport. This was topped off by giving a demonstration game at the Common Wealth Games in Manchester back in 2002!

I am also a member of ‘Red Rose Rollers’, an artistic roller dance club, in which I compete and assist with the coaching of our skaters.

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

DM: Who wouldn’t?! I enjoy pushing myself in whatever athletic pursuit I take on but have to admit this one was unexpected due to some recent major surgery which left me with doubts that I was going to be at my athletic best for the final try-out. To find out after everything I have been through in the past year that I made the team meant so much to me, and is without a doubt my best sporting achievement to date.

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

DM: I honestly went through a range of emotions from disbelief to excitement to tears of joy!

DL: Which skater inspires you the most and why?

DM: Stefanie Mainey (Captain of Team England) has inspired me from the beginning. She came down and coached at one of our league training sessions when I first started playing roller derby and since that point I have been in awe of her abilities on the track. I always aspired to one day be somewhere near as talented as she is. In the past couple of years I have seen her play many times and even played against her! (scary) I can honestly say I feel as inspired by her now as the first time I saw her skate, but am lucky enough at this point to be able to call her a friend also.

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

DM: Skate fast and turn left!! Hehe.

Honestly, Rainy City rollergirls have a mentor system in which newer girls buddy up with a more advanced league member. This really helps as it gives someone new to the sport a skater to look up to and someone to help them learn individual skills that can be taught one to one.

Most importantly have fun! Get to know the girls of your league as they really will become an important part of your life and a great group of friends for many years to come.

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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