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Published on November 18th, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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Meet Team England: The Mighty Mighty Bash

Name: The Mighty Mighty Bash

League Affiliation: The London Rockin’ Rollers

Years skating: 2 and a half

DL: Previous athletic background, if any?

MMB: Back at school I played netball and kayak polo. I coached other teams at the school in both sports. South Island Champs for discus and javelin throwing. I attempted rugby at school too but tore a ligament in one of my first games and got too scared to go back. I have always been into sports, I prefer team sports and what you get back from them.

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

MMB: I always want to be at the top. If there’s an A team I want to be on it, if theres a power line up I want to be on it, Team England meant I would have to put alot of work in to get on the team and even more work in once on it. But I saw it as a challange and a chance to be at the top.

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

MMB: When we went to the final try outs the level of skaters was very high, I had a minor injury at the time so couldn’t really push myself as much as I wanted so that meant I really wasn’t sure if I had done enough.

I remember just looking at email inbox and not wanting to open it in case it said no. I was soo excited and a little bit nervous that I might have read it worng so had to read it over a couple times to check.

DL: Which skater inspires you the most?

MMB: This is a tough one. Sometimes when I see people skate they become my idol but there are so many amazing skaters that they tend to change quite regularly.

There are 3 ladies in NZ who I started fresh meat with. Black Panther, EvilKaykneevil and Hurricane Hori. These 3 have been in my life for a long time and all have families and busy lives and have always worked really hard to be the best skaters they can be. All 4 of us are going to Roller Derby World Cup. They inspire me always!

DL: Do you have any advice for new skaters?

MMB: On my first session I had to skate close to the wall. Just keep at it, skate whenever and wherever you can. Derby stance will be your saviour, we don’t just say derby stance for the sake of it. If you’re struggling with something in particular and have a couple minutes ask an advanced girl for help, everyone has different ways of explaining things so sometimes all you need is to hear it from someone else and then it may become really simple.

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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