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Published on November 18th, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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Meet Team Scotland: Wild Oates

Name: Wild Oates

League Affiliation: Glasgow Roller Girls

Years Skating: 1 year 10 months

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

WO: I competed in many sports days at school, including the great disaster of 1990 when my friend fell on my leg in the playground removing a large chunk of flesh from my knee and causing her and a teacher to throw up due to the blood. Some TCP and a plaster was all I needed to participate in the sack race later that day coming 3rd for my efforts. The 50p sized scar remains a continual reminder of my athletic stamina in the face of adversity.

I won a tin medal in 1992 for being the first girl past the finish line of the Kaim Hill race in Fairlie. There were 3 girls competing in total and my best friend got a stitch and started crying during the final leg of the race. Keeping my eye on the prize I abandoned her halfway down the hill in order to gain that coveted title.

I spent many hours perfecting the perfect suicide jump on the ‘Tarzan Rope Swing’ from 1992-1993 which accumulated in a minor concussion when I fell off whilst 20 feet in the air and landed head first in a rhodedrendron bush.

2007-2009 Various forays into short lived dance class attendance and sporadic yoga.

2009-2011 Roller derby has taken over my life.

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

WO: The World Cup is an amazing thing to be a part of and I think it will be a great learning experience so I wanted a chance to be involved.

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

WO: I was pretty surprised to say the least, but also really pleased, I hope my performance in Canada will prove to myself I deserve to be on the team and all my hard work this year has been worth it.

DL: Which skater inspires you most, and why?

WO: Suzy Hotrod, as she didn’t come from a skating or athletic background but has worked her freaking ass off to get as good as she is today. Sarah McMillan from my league also inspires me as she has a great attitude towards derby as a sport, continually strives to better her skills and is admirably self-effacing when it comes to her own talent. My Girlfriend Sykes inspires me as I’d like to be able to run through the pack like her but she’ll probably kick my ass for saying so.

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

WO: Bend your knees! It’s going to benefit you much more when you are first starting out than buying those expensive wheels you’ve seen your favourite skater wearing.

Learn more about Team Scotland on their website, or if you’re feeling charitable, help them get to the 2011 World Cup through their honeyfund!

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