Being a fulltime teacher and mum of two children means Nik is a busy bee; but no matter how strapped for time she is, she finds a way to training and gets stuck in to drills and scrimmages 100%. Shivvers has come from strength to strength and is now a solid team player that we can't wait to see in some of our up and coming games. She has turned out to be one of the most dedicated and determined individuals to skate beside us; it is because of this that she was voted MRDs most inspirational skater of 2014, and has been chosen as February's Member of the Month!
I am SHIVVERS 1710. I originally tried to be clever and had a name that was too hard to shout or remember (Nika Blocker Gory) – it is worth practising shouting your name before registering! Then a colleague walked past me and said “Morning, Shivvers” and my name was born! It works because, not only is it a play on my surname but I am ALWAYS cold, but more importantly, I plan on causing my opponents to shiver as I enter the track! 1710 are the numbers of my kid’s birthdays.
Which position do you play?
I like being on the inside when blocking but I think jamming is my favourite thing.
When did you join Mansfield Roller Derby?
I came to my first session in September 2013 and have reminded people many times that, at that point, I had never heard of Roller Derby and thought I was coming to roller disco! What else would my friend be asking me to do on a Sunday night? I had never skated before and was a bit surprised that the team believed that I could one day be like them!!!!!
My admiration goes out to everyone in my league! I don’t get much time to follow big teams and everything I have learnt has been from my Mansfield teammates; I see them strive to get better every week; bounce back from injuries and devote such a lot of time to the sport outside of the training sessions! The encouragement and friendship I have gained from being part of this team has changed me, even at my more mature age!
Did you play any sports before Roller Derby?
I have NEVER played any sports – I am really quite lazy! I did jog to keep in shape and went to the gym or cycled to work; oh, and I enjoyed hula hooping for a summer – but all solitary activities. Being in MRD has seen me through some tough patches and provided me with some new, close friendships as well as learning about commitment and dedication to something outside work and family! (Thanks guys!)
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about getting involved in Roller Derby?
Ok… ask questions, watch a local team play or a training session in action, watch bouts on the internet, and make sure you can commit. As with other team sports – you will need to invest money and time and you will get it back tenfold (not the money; but the satisfaction)! And finally, know that you will have a ball and be totally supported, whatever level you are at, whatever skill you are working on and whatever mind-set you are in!
Any final words?
I accept my title of Member of the Month with gratitude and I love [Mansfield Roller Derby] lots!