I started skating in September 2007. Me and my now derby wife Natalie Boxall started up a little league called the Middlesbrough Milk Rollers. First league in the North East of England, and – at the time – one of fewer than 10 in the UK.
I moved to Newcastle and joined the NRG around October 2009, when the league had just started up. I coached and then became a skater, and then Vice.
This blog is to record the changes that I’m making now. From five years as a skater, to the other side of the track, on Team Zebra.
It started on holiday in June 2012, my best friend ACCIDENTALLY kneed me in the face, dislodging two of my teeth. *voms in mouth*
It was hideous. I had to push them back in and consume nothing but chocolate milk for 24 hours. That last bit wasn’t so terrible.
When I got back to the UK I had X-rays at the dentist and was told I’d probably need root canal on the two teeth that had been knocked back, and I should look out for them going grey. Oh, and also that I shouldn’t skate for a LONG TIME. *cue tears*
The NRG had a bout the week after I got back. I couldn’t play it, but head ref Cherry Fury let me be an extra member of the bench crew – which worked to our advantage when our bench had to leave and I stepped in last minute and did a completely mediocre job of it.
At the after party Cherry said I should bench more. I said I loved it. I spoke to our bench manager, Dog and he said “Learn to ref first, you need to learn the rules” and so… I’m here.
This is the email I just sent:
I need to learn to ref. please teach me. or i’ll cry.