Meet the Coaches – Katie Clysmic

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Katie Clysmic is no stranger to skating. She’s been on wheels since her early teens and hasn’t looked back. KC started life as an artistic skater soon falling in love with the challenges it brought. Along the way KC dabbled in ice hockey and inline skating too but she began her derby career in Bristol, moving to Carolina Rollergirls and finally back to the UK with Central City! Her love for derby has taken her across land and sea but we are proud to say she has a firm place in the hearts of CCR.

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KC has participated in numerous high level games, seeing her take on opponents such as Montreal, Boston and Charm City and even participate at Division 2 WFTDA playoffs!

KC has a distinct skating style which incorporates speed, agility and great stance. Blink and you’ll miss her as she dances through the tiniest of gaps in your walls. KC has been an huge asset to the CCR squad bringing a fresh approach to jamming and blocking alike.

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KC will be working with Tinchy Slider to help you refine the techniques needed for explosive power, agility and fast feet to get you out of those sticky situations.

Last few tickets are on sale so grab them before they’re gone!

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Meet the Coaches – Dana Scurry

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Next coach is up… Dana Scurry!

Dana is a top tier blocker and jammer for Central City, she captained CCR’s A team for 2 successive years across 3 seasons and has also represented her country playing for Team Ireland at the 2014 Womens World Cup in Dallas, Texas.

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Dana is an expert in edge work, utilizing every square millimeter of her wheels to skip past and blast through walls. She is a potent defensive force as well as a main rotation jammer. A true triple threat, she has earned her reputation as one of the top skaters in the UK.

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Dana will be teaming up with our head coach Illbilly to take you through your paces in footwork and running a separate class in defensive blocking. you can expect a plethora of drills n techniques designed to help you maximise your performance and deliver crucial moves to help you as a blocker and a jammer.

The last few tickets are available at: http://centralcityrollergirls.moonfruit.com

12th September 2015

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Doug Ellis Sports Centre, 150 Wellhead lane Birmingham.

The Road to WFTDA D1 Playoffs 2015 – Metal Ed

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Central City Rollergirls are proud to announce that our very own Metal Ed has been accepted to officiate at WFTDA Division 1 playoffs in Jacksonville, Florida this year! http://wftda.com/tournaments/2015/officials

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Division 1 playoffs are the start of the road to Champs, WFTDA’s pinnacle tournament of the year. The top 30 ranked teams from across the globe will battle it out over a month in a series of playoffs to fight for coveted spots in the champs bracket and a chance to lift the Hydra.

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But it isn’t all about the skaters and the teams, as any discerning derby fan knows there is no game without the armies of announcers, statisticians, fans and most importantly, officials.

Officials dedicate much of their time travelling to gain valuable experience at scrimmages and bouts. Unlike skaters they often have to rely on ‘on the job’ training and are constantly developing their techniques to ensure that the game is reffed at the highest standard possible.

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Ed is a long standing referee at our league and has a collection of achievements which he can be very proud of. He continues to push the boundaries of European officiating and represents an exciting and talented group of officials who will continue to break through into America, paving the way for many others to make the jump.

We asked Ed a few questions about his experiences, his goals and what it really means to him to have been selected for one of the biggest tournaments of his officiating career….

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So Ed, tell us a little about yourself…..
(history behind your name, how long have you been reffing and how it all started!)

Metal Ed, people who like metal music are typically called metal heads, so not a massive leap! Reffed my first open door game in August 2010 for the London Rockin’ Rollers and being officiating since. Mostly out of Birmingham, UK but I’ve been to loads of places!

How does it feel to have been accepted to one of the biggest tournaments of the calendar year?

It feels good! It’s nice to know that the WFTDA are looking out for officials from across the pond, there are some really good officials in Europe and level of play has increased dramatically so expect to see much more of a Euro-invasion, for officials and teams.

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You’ve been reffing for a long time now, is there anything you would have changed along the way or would like to see changed for future officials?

Who wouldn’t like to see a more efficient official’s evaluation process?! But I don’t think I’d have changed anything major… Maybe have just added a few personal holidays along the way!

What’s been your favourite reffing memory over your career so far (serious or goofy)?

Men’s world cup, USA v Scotland, never heard a crowd cheer that loud before! It was such a hair-raising moment being able to award lead jammer to Scotland. My goofy one was speaking Ghouldielocks after first sending off Suzi Hotrod for a track cut and her knee-jerk response of “YOU DID WHAT?! I hope you were right”

What does going to playoffs mean to you?

It means a lot obviously, its great thing to be able to represent Europe and England, especially in officiating. I’ve worked hard this year to meet and exceed the entry requirements, so a big thanks to everyone for being so accommodating.

What drives you to officiate?

I get asked this often, but honestly, I don’t think I can quite put my finger on it! I enjoy the social side that being an official has to offer, very close friends all over the world, meals, drinks, outings, after parties etc… I like the respect that’s given to you by skaters, but you have to earn it! Training as often as they do, become a good official and have a strong integrity. Being a bit of a geek helps as well, and something about playing bass…

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How have you found getting the high level games needed to apply for playoffs in Europe given the current climate of limited sanctioned play and has this affected your ability to maintain your level of officiating?

Good question! In all honesty, I haven’t! The only sanctioned play I’ve officiated this year has been from tournaments and the British Championships games. Tournament experiences are the best kind and obviously they prepare you well for other tournaments. “Highest level of play” is slowly creeping in to Europe so hopefully they’ll be more opportunities to get the required experience for every official.

Do you have any top tips for officials wanting to progress and follow in similar footsteps?

I found that travelling was very good for me. You get to know people, create contacts and start building your reputation. You can also get a good range of input from different officials, different points of view, metrics, and interpretations. I wouldn’t discourage from starting a games history after the first game either!

What’s next for Metal Ed?

Ha! Who knows! Definitely getting to officiate at the highest level consistently, I’d like to go to Toronto as well!

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Who inspires you in the officiating world?

No one in particular in the typical way, but I’m always impressed by my peers at tournaments and every time a new crew comes together and we have to work together after meeting for the first time the night before! I have people to think for where I am now, but too many to go in to here.

A little birdie tells us you used to play men’s roller derby… have you ever considered swapping your stripes for a gum shield again?

I doubt it! Maybe for a scrim or two but nothing serious. I have thought about once or twice but I don’t think I

could keep up with the recent style of men’s play! Fair play to those guys!

Have you got any predictions for who will make it to champs?

I don’t think I can say, it wouldn’t be appropriate!

You can check out Ed on the live feed for Jacksonville playoffs but you can also catch him at our bootcamp on the 12th of September.

So please join us in saying CONGRATULATIONS to Metal Ed and wishing him all the best for his time at playoffs.