Meet the Team
 
A ragtag collection of weirdos, misfits and outcasts, AKA THE GREATEST PEOPLE YOU WILL EVER MEET.
 

Coaches:
#69 Schrödinger's Phat
Garryck (Coach G)
Position:
Head Coach, Ref in training, pep-talker and all-round awesome dude!
Occupation:
Technician at University of Cumbria
How are you involved?
I coach and referee for BCRD, it's the best thing I've ever done and I love every minute of it!
Fun fact:
I 3D print dinosaurs and hook people up to lie detectors!


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#428 Iron Lotus
Iona
Position:
Part-time Coach.
Occupation:
Manager at a bookmakers
Why do you play roller derby?
I love how empowering roller derby is and I love the family feeling we have at the club.
#35 Nancy Wheeler
Ella
Position:
Part-time Coach, Raffle enthusiast.
Occupation:
Retail Operations Manager
Why do you play roller derby?
Because this is a sport where women are praised for their strength and aggression rather than penalised, and pitted against men as equals.
#63 Sopherocious
Sophie
Position:
Part-time Coach.
Occupation:
Administrator for a Mental Health charity
Why do you play roller derby?
I skate with BCRD because I enjoy the challenge of the sport, and I love the friendship of the people I play with.
#302 Hunter
Dave
​​Position:
Part-time Coach, resident graphic designer.
Occupation:
Apprentice Manager at a Builders Merchants
Why do you play roller derby?
I started roller derby because I liked the sound of a full contact sport on roller skates, it sounded dangerous!  I stayed because of the amazing people I met here who I am proud to call my closest friends. Also because it's a ton of fun!

#26 Typewriter
David
​​​Position:
Part-time Coach, Man of precision.
Occupation:
Fishing tackle and firearms retailer
Why do you play roller derby?
We're a family, I couldn't imagine not playing Roller Derby with such an amazing bunch of people!
Roller Derby is easily the best thing I have ever done.
Fun fact:
I have six Moomin tattoos. I really like Moomins!
Skaters:
#74 Jaggernaut
Jean-Ann (Jag)
​​​Occupation:
Learning and Wellbeing Mentor in a Secondary School.
Why do you play roller derby?
I joined BCRD because I thought it would be a fun way to get fit; I'm still around because the team are so awesome and roller derby is highly addictive! There is a place for every kind of skater in BCR.
Fun fact:
Having a bouncy castle mosh pit at rock nights / band nights in Newcastle upon Tyne, was my idea.
#2122 Hoolia
Julia
Occupation:
Watersport Instructor at Holiday Resort
Why do you play roller derby?
Because it allows me to feel like myself and empowers me to do more! It is an inspiration to me and it reminds me to keep pushing and never give up.  I could never imagine my life now without the people of BCRD! Each and all of them are an inspiration and they work super hard to make roller Derby the best it can be!!
Fun fact:
I am bilingual and I can fit a whole cookie in my mouth sideways.


#51 Boo Action
Amanda
Occupation:
Reablement support worker
Why do you play roller derby?
I always loved roller skating as a youth, I love that I've made new friends/teammates. Roller derby is hard but I love the thrill and challenge.  Progress can be slow but very rewarding.
Fun fact:
I once cut my thumb on a fray bentos tin, I still have a scar.
#332 Gemma
Gemma
Occupation:
Senior Learning Administrator at Cumberland Infirmary
Why do you play roller derby?
I signed up because I wanted to try skating again and meet new people, then I got hooked!
Fun fact:
I like crocheting mini animals called amigurumi.


#84 Maddie
Madeleine
Occupation:
Primary school art teacher, face painter and artist.
Why do you play roller derby?
I play roller derby because it's stress-relieving. There's nothing better than a good scrim to completely drain you of any negativity or pent up aggression in a positive and productive way.
Fun Fact:
I can speak fluent Welsh.
#5 Welsh Scarebit
James
Occupation:
Teacher
Why do you play roller derby?
Initially it just seemed a great excuse to start skating again. Once I started learning to play Derby, I got hooked on the physical and mental challenge, and the spirit that underpins Border City Rollers and Roller Derby in general. Having joined this brilliant gang of fierce, friendly people there was no going back (partly because of the veiled threats). Also, some of them are great at making cakes, and it'd be a shame to miss out on that if I left.
#101 Harley Quinn
Gina
Occupation:
Care Worker.
Why do you play roller derby?
I play roller derby with BCRD because I saw Whip It while in uni felt inspired. I recently relocated back to Carlisle where I grew up and saw it as a perfect opportunity to do a sport I would really enjoy & meet new people. It's been all of that & so much more.
#272 Great Wreckspectations
Kate
Occupation:
Physicist.
Why do you play roller derby?
--I was walking through the middle of town one day when someone on skates gave me a BCRD flyer and told me that roller Derby as the most fun thing ever. Turns out they were right.
Fun fact:
I'm learning Dutch just for kicks.
Dan
Dan
Occupation:
Masters Student
Why do you play roller derby?
I've always thought roller derby looked exciting but only learnt it was open to men too at a chance meeting with the BCRD team. I started for the fun of skating, I stick around for the close knit friendships of the team, more like a family.
Kathleen
Kathleen
Occupation:
Medical Records Officer for the NHS
Why do you play roller derby?
I play cause I love the fact that our team is a family. I was thinking about giving it up with my old team and just skating for fun but I came along to a BCRD session and just loved how everyone joked and made each other laugh but were also serious about learning and teaching others how to play.
#13 Scotian Commotion
Wendy
Occupation:
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Why do you play roller derby?
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#18 Jam Solo
Jacky
Occupation:
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Why do you play roller derby?
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Lisa
Lisa
Occupation:
Retail Manager.
Why do you play roller derby?
I watched whip it, thought "that's looks like fun" did a google search and found the BCRD, and got hooked.  
I have never played a team sport before, but so glad I got involved, I play because I love it
Terry
Terry
Occupation:
Business and Commercial Manager Citroen
Why do you play roller derby?
To start with, I took up roller derby for extra cardio. I used to do roller hockey when I was younger but had not been on any skates or blades for years. I heard about it and thought lets give it a go, some extra cardio will be great for me.  However the reason I now play is it hooked me, it was different to anything else but great at the same time. I enjoy the people, the sport, the level of skill needed and the challenge.
Vicky Seal
Vicky
Occupation:
Care Assistant
Why do you play roller derby?
-I had low mood and zero social life so I needed something to get me out of the house, making friends and moving more. It sounded fun so I nervously popped along and have loved it ever since!
Fun fact:
I have danced on stage with Blue and played in a Samba band for the Queen.
Vicky Riot
Vicky
Occupation:
Senior support worker in Forensic Services
Why do you play roller derby?
I saw whip it and really wanted to do it but I didn't drive so couldn't get to the team in Dumfries (Doonhame Roller Derby). None of my friends wanted to try so I was glad coach G came along!
Rachel
Rachel
Occupation:
Teacher.
Why do you play roller derby?
I joined BCRD because I'd loved roller skating as a kid. I really had no idea what I was letting myself in for but absolutely love the challenge roller derby gives me. Most importantly though are the people....they are an amazing group who support you every step of the way! I couldn't imagine life without them now. 
Fun Fact:
I once had to stand in as a magician's assistant.
Becca
Becca
Occupation:
English Teacher.
Why do you play roller derby?
I play roller derby because i wanted to try something new and different; and I love the freedom of being on skates and learning new skills with such a friendly, supportive and diverse group of people.
Emma-Louise
Emma-Louise
Occupation:
Taxi Driver
Why do you play roller derby?
I wanted to meet new people maybe make some friends and do something I once loved as a child. It's hard work but I love it!!
Siobhan
Siobhan
Occupation:
Woodwork Technician at University of Cumbria
Why do you play roller derby?
The reason I play roller derby is because I find it fun, the BCRD team are a great bunch of people. I like the physicality of the game and look forward to participating further when my skills develop more. I'm very glad I joined.