We’ve been quiet but we’re not dead!

Greetings Earthlings! 

We’ve been really quiet on our blog lately not because we’ve been dead or have been adducted by aliens, rather, we have been preparing ourselves for another website to be made! So… Don’t give up on us just yet, we’ll promise to WOW you with our new up-coming site with more features and galleries for you to play with!

Meanwhile, come skate with us or check out our old links if you wanna or ‘Like’ us on our Facebook Fan page to stay in touch with out latest events and derby gossips!

PEACE OUT.

Skating in Solidarity: SlutWalk SG

If you dress like a slut, you’re asking for it. If you get drunk at a club, you’re inviting trouble. If you flirt with a guy, you’re giving him signals that say you want to sleep with him; why should he expect anything less? There’s been lots of controversy about SlutWalk internationally, and plenty of it on local ground too.

Now, being the grrrls that we are, we know none if this to be true, and we were all geared up to get involved with SlutWalk Singapore. Roller Derby stands for so much of what SlutWalk speaks up for, and we wanted to join the movement with skates on and hair down, all set to lend our voices, presence and skates to a cause most definitely worth skating our hearts out for.

In Roller Derby, we’re not about crying when you’ve fallen down, whining when you get a bruise, sulking because you’re not skating as well as you know you can. We’re about getting up and skating on. It’s a tough sport and we’re tough grrrls. But that toughness comes from passion, and we’re all about passion for our fellow grrrls in the country and around the world.

We might skate in tiny shorts or in a comfy pair of cut-offs, a cute sports bra or an oversized t-shirt; we wear what we want to because we can, what we feel good in, what we feel confident in, what encourages us to go out there and be, and feel, at our best. And the same should apply whether you’re in skates or in your new 6-inch heels, whether you’re on the track, in the club, at home or on the street.

At the SlutWalk Singapore gathering that took place over the weekend, we saw lots of grrrls who were just like us. Some dressed casually, some dressed to kill, some who showed more skin and some who showed less. It didn’t matter what anyone was wearing; we were all there to show our support and be part of a cause that so desperately needs attention.

Because when girls are raped, molested, belittled or put down in any way, the Chilli Padi Derby Grrrls skate in with our heads held high to say, under NO circumstances is this excusable.

Being a part of CPDG is all about owning the space you’re in, going at your own pace while challenging yourself to reach the next level, taking the good with the bad, the encouragement with the tough love.

It’s also about helping a fellow grrrl out when she needs help getting up, telling her it gets better, getting her help when she needs it and giving her sp
ace to speak out when she’s ready; being there for her when she is ready, instead of saying “You asked for it.”

And life outside of derby really shouldn’t be any different.

The Chilli Padi Derby Grrrls skate in solidarity with SlutWalk SG and are proud to be part of a movement that is a big step towards getting voices heard where they have been silent; to making slut-shaming and victim-blaming stop where it should never have begun. 

– Written by our very own Loretta Marie Perera

Derby Grrrl Of The Month

Time sure does fly when you least expect it. It’s yet another month gone by and we are on our 11th derby grrrl of the month! Hands up for those who’ve had a soft spot for the Scottish accent! Well, this Scottish lady is full of creativity and funk. Moved here recently with her hubby dearest, this wonderful soul approached us the moment she got to Singapore. So let us introduce to you lovely folks who she is! Oh, sweet photo Missy! We absolutely love it!

 
Derby Name: RUBY CLAYMORE
Derby Number: 31
 

Tell Us About Yourself:

I’m a scottish girl living in Singapore. I’m a kind hearted soul with a streak of intolerance which sometimes emerges at the wrong times, often making me look like a real stinker of a b hole.

A long time ago when i was at school my passions were Art and sports. These are still things i enjoy the most in life. One of my dream jobs should be designing art work for snowboards. Another would be a tattoo artist.  I don’t like horses. But i do love watching the discovery channel, and sometimes wish i was doctor.

Why that derby name?

i wanted a name that would evoke thoughts of blood and battles. Something that was related to me, not just a name picked out of thin air. So Ruby is my birth stone. Its red (just like blood…) And if you didn’t know, a Claymore is a very large two handed sword used in medieval Scotland. Scots were pretty hard ass in those days.

What Made You Join Roller Derby?

I wanted to get fit and make some new friends at the same time. Derby seemed like the perfect opportunity for me! I’ve always liked sports that are a bit rough and tumble. I had never skated before so it was a bit daunting, but like anything, the more you practice the better you get. I’ve been using the nearby park to my advantage- new smooth pathways prove to be very friendly on my wheels.

What’s Your Other Hobbies/Interest?

i enjoy spending time with my hubby, snowboarding, eating out, seeing friends, drinking nice drinks, traveling, keeping fit, looking after my 2 dogs, drawing, painting, dressing up (not a lot of that goes on in singapore i have realised) making people laugh, walking, discovering i can do something new on photoshop, meeting like minded people,seeing new movies, seeing old movies, I like spiders and i like heights but still haven’t done a sky dive, or been in a hot air balloon. Or held a tarantula.

What Would Be Your Roller Derby Soundtrack?

How Has Roller Derby Benefited You?

It has made me much better at planking.

Worst Thing About Derby?

The humidity that we train in sometimes is unreal. when i take my helmet off i look like i’ve just walked out of the shower. its fairly disgusting. Sorry, its really disgusting.

Any Advice For Girls Interested In Joining?

Just get your gear and do it- do not be intimidated. There will be more than one friendly face waiting for you.

Swish Cariboom From VRDL

Remember in our last few entries, we mentioned we had a derby guest we want to introduce to everyone? Well, we apologise for the delay as we have been busy preparing for our 20-week training programme that kick-started yesterday at *Scape! We had a great turnout and saw many new faces at our 1st session, so we are excited to see who survives till the end to finally be bout-ready.

Anyhoo, here this awesome and really fun lady who rocked at one of our Krav Maga self-defense sessions. She didn’t know what she was getting herself into but she stayed till the very end and had a blast. It was a great pleasure having you Swish, you were a sport! Next time, on the rink!

Real Name: Sandra Lahai O’Connor
Derby Name: Swish Cariboom
Derby Number: 138
Age: 25

Tell us about yourself?

I’m a Third Culture Kid (half Irish half Malaysian, grew up in Oman, The Netherlands twice, Malaysia twice, Singapore, The Philippines and am now living in Australia) and a soul-sex middle child, which they say come with their complexes. I like: sandwiches, drumsticks, sambal balacan, aquariums, adrenaline and body bridges. I don’t like: anchovies, cockroaches, foot cramps, waking up early and underwear bigger than the pants you’re wearing, come on.

How and When did you get the derby fever?

It was totally serendipitous, the only exposure I’d had to derby before signing up was ages prior when someone mentioned she played. I used to do aerial (circus fun like lira, cloud swing and tissue) before moving to Melbourne, so was actually looking up classes in that before discovering an upcoming derby intake. Not sure exactly when it clicked, but it’s been almost 3 years and I’m still here.

Who do you skate with and tell us about your league.

I skate with the Victorian Roller Derby League in Melbourne. I’m currently on the All Stars travel team roster (yay!) and have played on home teams the Dolls Au-Go-Go and Toxic Avengers. We’re WFTDA apprentices – we’ve already had one WFTDA sanctioned bout against the Hotrod Honeys from Texas and have another game against the Rat City Roller Girls from Seattle soon. The league’s given me so many opportunities to play competitively, not just against US and Aus leagues, but in every home bout and weekly scrimmage. I’m surrounded by some of the most powerful, inspiring and determined people I’ve ever met. I love knowing that that isn’t something unique to VRDL, you see that derby wide.

What do you do outside of derby?

Web admin and graphic design butters my bread, but work is pretty meaningless right now. I read a lot of popular science and layman’s astronomy tickles my pickle no end. I have two free range dwarf bunnies who I pat lots and they still make my heart swell after several years. I watch buttloads of movies with my film geek boyfriend, today’s recommendations are Argneto’s Tenebrae, Kubrick’s Paths of Glory and Super with Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page. Enjoy!

What would be your favourite derby sound track?

Anything by the Pixies (Caribou + boom = Cariboom). “We are 138” by the Misfits would be good for a jam. Been getting pumped by the Akira soundtrack lately too.

Worst/Best thing about derby?

Injuries are soul crushing, especially when skating becomes an addiction. I broke my ankle and was off skates for 4 months at the end of 2010. However, coaching is one of my favourite things about derby so I kept that up while injured. Gearing up for the first time after recovering was a really special moment.

How has derby changed your life?

I’m introverted and emotionally distant at the best of times. Playing a team sport has given me a whole new level of communication, the track is this safe place where I can trust and connect with people. I can still be pretty closed off, but I don’t need to feel bad or lonely about it. Nothing’s ever motivated me as consistently as derby has, the influence is overwhelming it’s hard to put my finger on it.

How did you find out about CPDG?

Read an article about you in Hit and Miss (an Australian derby magazine) by Notorious E.V.E. (also of VRDL). Was stoked to find out there was a league in the country where I spent my formative teenage years, ah how different that awkward period could have been with some solid female role models. I’m on holiday so couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet some of the extended family.

Tell us about your Krav Maga experience.

I need my exercise disguised as fun, so it was awesome and the chaps were great – thanks so much for having me! Loved the tips on surprise, like not staring obviously at the part of the body you plan to hit, attacking mid-sentence, non-telegraphic strikes. I think Krav Maga would go well with parkour. I envisage punching an attacker in the throat then scaling a wall and escaping by rooftop.

Any advice to all the fresh meat out there?

Quality knee pads and gaskets are a good idea. There is no end goal in derby, just a constant elaboration of technique. So enjoy the journey and savour each accomplishment, whether it’s nailing out that extra push up or just taking a bad session in your stride. And for muff’s sake don’t apologise, you have as much right to be on the track as anyone else.

Anything else you wanna tell the world?

We are all connected
To each other, biologically
To the earth, chemically
To the rest of the universe atomically
– Neil deGrasse Tyson