On January 12th, it was time to welcome more potential freshies. I had been counting down the days to the freshmeat’n’greet for three reasons. Firstly, I was going to be spending the afternoon with my leopard cubbies, the beautiful friends I’ve made in my freshie group. There was some serious bear hugging after being away from each other over Christmas. Secondly, seeing more people join roller derby is always going to be a good day. & finally, one of the newbies was my husband!
My husband has continuously supported & cheered me on but was always adamant that was the extent of his involvement in roller derby. I don’t know what changed his mind. Maybe it’s because I seem to continuously talk derby. Maybe it’s because he was enthusiastically encouraged/bullied by everyone to join. Whatever it was, he officially made up his mind after the Rollerbillies Christmas party. There’s something about roller derby that brings together a collection of truly outstanding people. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?!
As I wasn’t going to be skating, I decided to take along my video camera for the session. I pointed my husband in the direction of the freshmeat coordinators so he could fill out some paperwork & chatted to some of the newbies whilst the league scrimmaged. A few games of shoe derby (the less scary off-skates version of derby) followed, alongside a chance for everyone to try some contact.
When it was time for the newbies to try skating, I couldn’t help but feel all warm & fuzzy. I recognised so many moments from my first time on the track. Words of encouragement, advice about derby gear, friendly smiles, a helping hand off the floor - the Rollerbillies yet again showing themselves to be some of the most supportive, motivating and kind people you could ever meet.
Next Sunday the freshmeat course officially begins & I am so freaking excited about getting to know the new intake of leopard cubs!
This was only in January, but the new Freshmeat are already looking so great!