Central City Rollergirls hit Belgium next weekend to take part in SKOD 2014 hosted by Gent Go-Go Rollergirls. As a league, this is CCR’s first visit to Go-go Gent and only their second European tournament. The league is proud to be representing in many different areas, taking a convoy of bench crew, skaters, officials, announcers and supporters with them. We checked in with a few of them before they make the trip…
Where will we see you at SKOD?: I will have the pleasure of doing line ups for the wonderful Central City Rollergirls
Excited?: Very Excited! Tournaments are always really good fun and SKOD 2014 promises lots of top quality Roller Derby. Tournaments always provide lots of learning opportunities and this will be the chance to play some of the best teams in Europe.
Have you been doing anything special to prepare for the tournament?: As Line Up Manager I make sure I spend time getting to know the team both as individuals and as a group. This helps me to understand how the skaters work and how I can make the bench as successful as possible. My role is to ensure that the bench is calm and organised and to enable the skaters to reach their full potential on track.
Any tasty match ups you are looking forward to?: I think the line up this year looks really good and all teams are closely matched. I think this is going to make for an excellent tournament! I’m looking forward to CCR coming up against teams they haven’t played before.
Any top tips for tournament survival?: I love food and think it’s especially important when taking part in a tournament. I always pre-plan my food as much as possible so that I can maintain my nutrition and drink lots of water! There’s nothing worse than being dehydrated at a tournament! I also always make sure that I know exactly where I can find beer as soon as that final whistle goes too because after all the after party is always the best bit of a tournament right?!
Where will we see you at SKOD?: I’ll be on the infield pointing and dropping off points
Excited?: Very! I’m looking forward to see how they could build on last year’s great event!
Have you been doing anything special to prepare for the tournament?: I bought a hammock for between bouts.
Any tasty match ups you are looking forward to?: Not really in to the teams but I’m looking forward to meeting plenty of old friends and jammer reffing with my good friend Fatrat from Helsinki. We work really well together.
Any top tips for tournament survival?: Flip Flops, shower often and don’t be afraid to try and get your head down and get some time on your own.
Where will we see you at SKOD?: Skater/Co Cap
Excited?: Just a tiny bit excited for this!
Have you been doing anything special to prepare for the tournament?: Endurance cross training and a heavy A Team bouting schedule to get us into a fixed routine.
Any tasty match ups you are looking forward to?: To be honest any European teams as they present something different in style to us. Kallio being a particular favourite.
Any top tips for tournament survival?: Standard approach of Water Water Water, oh and sleeping in compression tights does wonders for fresher legs the next day. Take each game at a time and remember what happens at the after party, stays at the after party.
Where will we see you at SKOD?: OPR lane, in front of the mirror, looking for cats outside.
Excited?: Super stoked.
Have you been doing anything special to prepare for the tournament?: I had my first foreign tournament last month. I didn’t know how to prepare for it at all… I’ve learnt some tips for this one. I am bringing extra ref tops and training bottoms, and have bought a treatment to stop you getting blisters when wearing skates for three days straight.
Any tasty match ups you are looking forward to?: I actually don’t pay much attention to the teams that are playing. I am looking forward to the crew I’m skating with though.
Any top tips for tournament survival?: Snacks. Lots of them. More water than you can possibly consume. And clean, spare socks.
Where will we see you at SKOD?: Trackside doing some talking, I’d imagine a link will be around here somewhere > http://www.2014skod.com/< if you couldn’t make it out to Belgium.
Excited?: More excited than a tornado in a trailer park.
Have you been doing anything special to prepare for the tournament?: I’m working on a montage of my vocal training regimen.
Any tasty match ups you are looking forward to?: CCRs first game, Rolls Voyce (Twist) and I will be doing live feed. The final of course, I’m expecting it to be a good one.
Any top tips for tournament survival?: What would this guy do, he’s the example I follow for my life.
Good luck to everyone attending SKOD, the officials, skaters and volunteers. It promises to be a good ‘un and we know you will all rock it *runs out to buy cool flip flops after Ed’s suggestion…* If you can’t make the event itself you can find updates via here or follow us on twitter: @the_CCR
Photos courtesy of the ever awesome Floyd King Photography