Featured Skater: ImPailHer
“Fresh Meat Fears” eventually fade away, slower for some than others. Once a skater graduates from Fresh Meat to Rookie, that’s when they’re are officially part of the team. It is the greatest accomplishment that you can achieve before passing assessments and that damn 27/5.
Making the decision to become a Fresh Meat and put yourself at the mercy of the derby amaze-ball veterans is the first step of the coolest adventure you will ever encounter, hands down. All the things that happen from that point on are just perks.
Most of us start out unable to stand on our skates and resemble Bambi when he steps out on the ice and pretty much eats it: legs sprawled out, clinging onto the walls praying that we don’t humiliate ourselves or drop dead. Amazingly enough, and hard as hell to believe, you hear from each vet skater, “that is exactly how I started blah-blah-blah amount of time ago.” We Fresh Meat pretty much scoffed every single time we heard that. I personally rolled my eyes so hard that I hoped they didn’t get stuck in the back of my head like my mother used to warn me about as a child.
How is it even possible these people that appear to float on the rink ever so gracefully; ever in a million years started out like this? Looking around at the rest of my Fresh Meat mates, I thought it impossible for us to even learn how to stand upright on skates, let alone kick so much ass one day.
With persistence, several falls, frustration, amazing friends, support, and vets that took us under their wings with patience, we Fresh Meat have all kicked ass in one way or another, each at our own pace. Our coaches have done nothing but encouraged us to achieve the best for ourselves and our team and guess what, we can now all not only stand up, we can freaking skate!
One of the first Fresh Meat members to pass assessments and become bout eligible was an amazing ball of fire Kristen Pail.
She was a little demon once she figured herself out: she was powerful, and had speed behind her. She is the only fresh meat member (so far) that has played at an away bout and she WON MVP JAMMER!!!! THANKS TO SOME BAD ASS COACHES AND HARD WORK SHE GOT MVP JAMMER AT HER FIRST BOUT!
Two Rivers Roller Derby Skaters (in Green) Left to Right: Carnage & ImPailHer, accepting MVP for Blocker and Jammer, respectively, against CNY Wonder Brawlers, May 6, 2017.
MEET IMPAILHER, #2
Age: 43 years old
Occupation: Free Spirit
Skill level before joining: I loved to skate as a kid but I hadn’t been for 30 or more years.
Derby name, number, and their meaning: Impailher #2 – A family member and fellow derby mate suggested the name to me independently of each other so it felt like a winner!
What has derby given you? Derby has given me back a sense of myself. When I am skating I feel confident the way I did when I was a kid and approached things without fear or self-doubt. It’s given me new friends who are mutually supportive and encouraging. And it’s given me a sense of pride that I am taking care of myself and pursuing something that I am passionate about.
Why did you join? I joined for all the reasons above and also to show my children that I am more than what they have known me to be and that I am not afraid to try new things.
If you could teach yourself from ten years ago one thing that you learned from derby, what would it be? I would teach myself that the benefits of trying new things far outweighs the risks. Even in the process of trying something that you end up not being as good at as you wanted to be you expose yourself to wonderful people, great times, laughs, challenges…all of which build your character and your confidence. And you may just end up being great. Who knows!
Favorite thing about derby so far: My favorite part of derby so far is a tie between the feeling of being on skates again and learning new tricks and the people. My derby mates are just amazing, so supportive and fun! Hardest thing about it: I would say the hardest thing is budgeting my time to be there as much as I need and want to be while juggling so many other things including three children. It’s a demanding addiction!
We are super proud of ImpailHer and her accomplishments so far! Her free spirit and the positivity that she brings to the team are just some of our favorite things about her!
Come show her some love and support and the rest of our blue and green team at our 2017 Home Opener on Saturday, June 17!
(Get your tickets here!)
Originally published at https://effbomb5011.blogspot.com/2017/06/featured-skater-impailher.html.