She stepped in to the role of Vice-Chairperson gladly, and has shown that she is an instrumental member of the league both on-skates and off.
Her great skill on skates and her sheer determination to succeed made her the perfect choice for team captain.
We caught up with Cherry to find out a little more about her...
Which position do you play? Generally I'm a blocker/pivot. I'm working on my jamming game as going forward I'd like to have a versatile playing style in all positions
When did you join Mansfield Roller Derby? I started with Mansfield in March 2013 as part of their fresh meat program.
How did you feel, when you found out that you were voted as Captain of the Mansfield Misfits?
Being made captain of the misfits was my proudest moment since starting with the Misfits! I didn't show it at the time I was told but I was really overwhelmed, terrified too. Captaining the team in our first bout, not knowing what I was supposed to do, that was a scary thing to think about!
In the weeks running up to the bout I was nervous, really nervous but as it got closer I felt calm and excited. I spoke to a few people and did some research on what makes a good captain. I tried to put that advice into use on the day, whether I did or not only my teammates can tell you but being captain helped me focus on making sure the team was alright and kept me focused. When anyone asks about our first bout at Mansfield Misfits I will always be proud to say I was the captain of such a fantastic team.
How did you first get involved with Roller Derby and Mansfield Roller Derby?
I had tried roller derby with another local team the year before I joined mansfield and got totally hooked. I didn't carry on with the other team due to work commitments and life in general but I couldn't get derby out of my head, when I found out Mansfield were recruiting I decided to reorganise my life and make time for derby. I'm so glad I did.
Did you play any sports before Roller Derby?
I've always white water kayaked since I was 17, I have my own kayak and kit, I haven't been out on the water as much as I would have liked recently but I try to get out on the river when I can. I think the kayaking balance actually helps with derby in a funny way.
I'm not one for having huge derby heroes, the first player I spent time watching was Bonnie D Stroir, she had some good videos on YouTube and the advice about basic skating skills was helpful when I started. Currently I think Stefanie Mainey and Raw Heidi of London are awesome, oh and Bonnie Thunders of Gotham isn't bad either!
Any final words?
Roller derby isn't for everyone and I know plenty of people that I talk to about the sport think it's insane, it is insane. I think that's part of what I like about it, the adrenaline, the crazy hits and falls, but there's also the friendships and bonds with your team mates that are special. I've never been involved in anything like it before. I'm the crazy person that likes getting hit getting back up and getting on with it, it just makes me more determined to play better next time, wiff the player trying to hit me or even one day jump the apex and land it!