It was fine though, the girls were supportive and helped me feel at least a bit stable with wheels on my feet.
Then it was announced we were going to learn how to do different minimum skills. "What?! I can hardly stand as it is!"
But again it was fine, I couldn't do the manoeuvres but there was no pressure, just try your best.
I fell over a lot, but surprisingly it didn't hurt as much as I expected it to. All skaters have to wear lots of protective kit like knee pads and elbow pads as well as a helmet, which helped a lot with the falling!
I eventually figured it out! It was my confidence and fear of falling over that held me back. With persistence and a great deal of practice, I managed to do a bunch of the minimum skills and better yet, I could skate! Just 10 months later and I'm doing PCRD's cherry popper scrim!
Shaking like a lead in 50mph winds, I took to the track with my fellow PCRD rookies and other rookies from different roller derby teams around the South West. First jam and my mind didn't have a clue what I was doing but somehow my body just sort of went with the flow.
By the second half, as a team we were forming more stable walls and actually managing to hold back the opposing jammer.
*Toot toot* I was lead jammer, it felt fantastic! Then it was over, it felt so quick.
Everyone from both teams hugged and congratulated each other, I was feeling the love from people I'd only known for less than a day! A little bruised and full of adrenaline I went home and couldn't wait to do it all over again!
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