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Published on November 11th, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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Meet Team England: Violet Attack

Name: Violet Attack

League Affiliation: Birmingham Blitz Dames

Years Skating: I’ve been skating for 5 years this month, which is when our league was founded. I was the official first recruit! I’d never skated before and couldn’t even do crossovers.

Injuries?: During the bout of the Blood & Thunder 2010 Bootcamp I strained the ligaments in my knee and pulled my hamstring in one foul swoop! I was off skates for 2 months, which was really frustrating! I had to have physio and build the strength back up in that leg again, but I was back bouting after a few weeks back on skates.

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

VA: I’ve always been into sports and have played quite a few, including netball and karate. But athletics was always my favourite, especially the 100 metres.

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

VA: To help Team England kick some serious ass in the World Cup and come at least in the top 3 of the tournament. To constantly push myself to improve on my fitness and skating skills so I become a better derby player. And to help my league improve and grow and get us back to the top of UK derby!The World Cup is a historic moment in our sport and I wanted to be apart that.

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

VA: Excited and nervous at the same time! I’ve been playing derby for quite awhile and to make it into the top 20 means a lot.

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

VA: Practice, practice, practice your footwork!

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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