Official Profile: Anton Deck

1) When did you join CCR and why?

First went to Roller Derby in 2010 to see Dolly Rockits vs Newcastle, joined as an official April the following year. My move to CCR was gradual as I changed jobs and moved house a number of times but became A THING around April 2015.

2) Favourite Derby memory?

So many! Derby has taken me all over the world often to places I wouldn’t normally have seen. Travelling to Miami with CCR in 2016 was a step up from the usual council sports hall in Merthyr. Working as a volunteer track crew at the Womens World Cup in Manchester was pretty special. The atmosphere at that event was incredible and something that might not ever happen again in the same way. I got to be right by the USA team bench for the climax of the final. But mostly the after parties, nothing will ever quite top the first two Louisey Rider Cup parties for glitter.

3) Officiating hero?

JJ King Typical , Ratty and Ed at CCR for really helping me kick on and making CCR a welcoming place, and Them Killjoy for just being.

4) Officiating goals?

This years big goal was to get to officiate at the WFTDA European Continetal Cup in Helsinki which I’m about to achieve at the time of writing this. Doubly awesome as CCR’s travel team is skating there and the league is bringing a huge travelling support. Mostly for me the goal will always be to be part of the roller derby community and to be having fun. And maybe to go one better than the ref who bought an inflatable penguin in to an official review at last years ECC.

5) Most embarrassing derby moment?

Embarrassing moment It’s a long list. Lots falling over whilst standing still (snipers). Probably my new plates literally falling apart during the MRDA Championships Final in 2017 causing the game to be stopped whilst people frantically ran round trying to find metric tools to put me back together. Definitely not the video filmed by Holly in Bears hotel room after the England vs France games which definitely does not exist and definitely did not happen.

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Skater Profile: Gemma Harvey

1) When did you join CCR and why?

So, I joined CCR in 2010 for the 1st time and then re-joined in Jan 2019 after a 2 year secondment to Rainy. I have a friend who is a serial hobbier who picked up a flier in a bar in town. She talked me into going for a session, and we skated round and I was like ‘this is a bit boring’ and didn’t go back for another 6 months, until I saw a live game and realised what a mistake I had made. Roller Derby was FAR from boring and I knew it was the sport for me, signed up and never looked back.

2) Favourite Derby memory?

I have so many good memories at CCR… I really don’t think I can pick one. Any of the times we got a medal for anything.

3) Which position do you play?

I am a blocker and my favourite roles are the defensive ones.

4) Derby hero?

Hmmm… there are so many derby heroes in the world, but my favourite CCR hero is Woo! I really envy her unbreakable commitment to training and self-improvement and she’s incredibly strong. She always inspires me to try harder, even in the face of adversity, and keep a sensible head on.

5)Derby goals?

I really want to master some more footwork goals tbh! I’m not a very graceful skater and one day I hope to add a bit of style to my style!

6) Most embarrassing derby moment?

Hmm… when I challenged some team mates to a rap battle on a street in Ghent at an afterparty? I think on average it took me about 5 minutes to think up each line…

On the track, falling over carrying a giant CCR flag in a skate out when I was co-captain for CCR’s B Team. I was trying to make my mom proud.

Skate Profile: Harris #29

1) When did you join CCR and why?

I joined CCR in June 2018. I transferred because I wanted the opportunity to develop my skills and be pushed to become a better skater.

2) Favourite Derby memory?

I don’t think I have a specific favourite derby memory on track, its all the bits that go alongside it: the weird games that you make up to pass the time on road trips, stops at a variety of services, brunches, after parties, home game atmosphere…

3) Which position do you play?

Forever a brace. Also pivot on occasion for the B team.

4) Derby hero?

The people that taught me to skate – that taught me how to crossover, transition, plow stop – all the stuff that seems super scary when you are learning – for the patience they put into explaining the basics ❤.

5) Derby goals?

I think I have had the same two goals for the entire time I have played: plough harder; communicate more. But now also, become a full A team member.

6) Most embarrassing derby moment?

I mean it would probably be the time that me and my jammer wiped each other out as I was going to the box and they were leaving at a champs game. Mainly because it really hurt.