I'm Mighty Morphine, #17! I decided on my name after an injury left me off skates for a while - it makes me feel Mighty! I was born on the 17th of March, and I love good rhyme, so that's why I chose my number.
Which position do you play?
I like jamming - it's getting harder and harder to break through walls of Mansfield skaters while training though! I'm happy to play whatever position is needed really, I'd like to be a well rounded player.
When did you join Mansfield Roller Derby? A long time ago! Two and a half years I think; I started when the league was very small. It's awesome to see how the league is growing - it feels great to be considered one of the "veteran" skaters, even though I still have lots to learn!
Did you play any sports before Roller Derby? I was a beast at egg-and-spoon back in Primary school. That's about it.
You've just finished coaching your first Beginners program (Fresh Meat), how was it? Loved it, and I can't wait for the next one! It gives me fuzzy feelings to see new skaters make such great progress and start to discover what Roller Derby is all about. Tanisha and I have been working hard to make each Fresh Meat intake better than the last, learning as we go and figuring out how to give our skaters the best start. Looking forward to September the 15th!
What was it like coming back from breaking your ankle, and how did you overcome the 'fear' of being back on skates? I always knew I wanted to come back to skating, from the moment I broke it! Even though I'd only been skating for a few months, Roller Derby had already given me so much confidence, lots of new friends, and I totally loved skating. My injury had probably made me more cautious, and I have to psyche myself up to try fancy footwork. But if I broke my other ankle at training tomorrow, I'd still want to come back when it was healed!
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about getting involved in Roller Derby? It's a totally life changing sport, and so easy to be involved in, on-skates or off. I feel like a totally different person since joining Mansfield Roller Derby - I'm so much more positive, have made loads of great friends, and it feels like I'm part of something truly amazing. I'd recommend it to anybody!
Any Final Words?
No final words...