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Today I did something that I've waited over three years to do. Today, I learnt how to skate on quad skates.

About three and a half years ago, I went to Earls Court in London to see the second day of an event called Roll Britannia. A couple of friends were working at this event, and they'd called me the night before to say I should come down because I'd love it. 'It' in this instance is roller derby, a fast-paced, full-contact women's sport played on quad skates.

My friends were right, I did love it, and I still do love it. I've been to see hundreds of bouts since then, and am heavily involved in the larger UK roller derby community as a photographer, amateur journalist, and Non-Skating Official.

It will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I am under no illusions that roller derby is something I will never be able to do. However, the skaters who compete, at whatever level I go to watch, are a constant source of inspiration to me as I strive to improve my fitness again after the last couple of years. As such, it has been a long term goal of mine to learn how to propel myself forwards and not fall over. Nothing fancy, but enough that I could go to roller discos with my skatey friends.

Today, that day came. My most constant roller derby love, the Rainy City Roller Girls, were kind enough to offer their skating space in Oldham for an individually tailored session, and I must thank two of their referees (Yvel Saint Laurent and Emmeline Pancakehurst) for giving their free time this afternoon. I skated for two hours and didn't actually fall over!



I'm so proud of myself, looking back at how far I've come since the frame came off thirteen months ago. Every day I walk a little taller, feel a little fitter.

Skate a little further.

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