How do you write about yourself as a skater? This one I have written several times because I don’t know what to say. First: Thank you to everyone who thinks that I am as skilled as these other amazing skaters on this list. I will try harder to see the talent and skill that maybe eludes me.
This season was rough. I transferred after East Coast Extravaganza this year to be on a team at a higher level of competition, but did so too late to try out for their all-star team. It is hard to remember your own accomplishments when time passes and injury takes you off skates. To be honest, I have felt a bit forgotten this season.
Before I left, I had managed a few things: I scored more than 50% of the points on the board against Dominion, Providence, Hudson Valley and Toronto. I had the highest lead jammer percentage in my league (about 70% over the course of six bouts), I had the highest jammer differential and I was awarded MVP against Providence. (Side note: I jammed most of the game and we only had 8 skaters by the end. In 2010 I was actually removed from the jammer position against PRD because I could NOT break their walls to save my life.)
This season I have focused on my precision, my agility, my spins/turns and avoidance skills and my endurance. Thank goodness I got my nutrition in order between ECDX and Rollercon because I have been able to lean up and be a much better jammer than previously. My team blocking skills have also increased tremendously with the guidance of leaders like Treasure Chest and Laverne n Surly. I have always modeled my blocking after team mate, Bela Lowblowsi, and I feel like I’m finally able to be a threat on the track with it.
I look forward to an awesome 2013. I come back to full contact tonight (and I am terrified, I admit!) after being out for 12 weeks with a knee injury. I cannot wait to debut with the Dutchland All-Stars and I am very excited to continue growing, teaching, writing, learning and talking about derby in 2013!
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