Ingrid Gilliam, age 8
“I was worried a little bit to start Roller Derby Camp and then I learned that I could just be myself and do my best. I didn’t know how to skate when I first got there so a Derby Dame went off to the side to help me and after that first day, I could skate! I thought it would take the whole camp week for me to learn. When it was the winter, I started to miss roller derby and then when my Mom told me it would start up again soon, I was happy and glad.
My derby name is Punky Bruiser and I LOVE roller derby!”
Christine and Ben Gilliam, parents of Ingrid, age 8
We cannot say enough wonderful things about the experience our daughter, Ingrid has had with the Derby Dames and as a member of the Minor Catastrophes.
We learned of the Derby Dames through a friend of ours on the team. We went to a bout and we were all hooked, especially Ingrid. She asked when she could learn to skate and be on the team as we watched that bout.
Ingrid was over the moon when we found out there was to be a roller derby camp for a week in July 2013. We signed her up right away and went to the Bruised Boutique (amazing place, great people) in New Hampshire (on our way to MA) for her gear.
In July, Ingrid carried all of her gear into camp for day 1. She was instantly greeted by the Derby Dames and they offered her help to ‘gear up’. The girls learned the proper way to put on their gear and once they had everything on, they needed to be inspected by a Derby Dame. (The attention to safety was much appreciated.)
We watched for a few minutes and were in awe of the attention, support, care, and excitement the Dames offered to all of the girls. Ingrid was struggling to stand up on her skates when we left the rink and when we returned 4 hours later, she was skating around the rink on her own! On her first day she also left with her derby name: Punky Bruiser!
The amount of confidence, comradery, and empowerment that Ingrid has gained by being a member of the Minor Catastrophes is phenomenal. We did not expect to have so many long-lasting effects for our daughter (and ourselves) from one week of camp but that is exactly what has occurred. She looks forward to any opportunity she has to gather with her teammates to skate.
Ingrid’s reaction to Spring Roller Derby: ”YES! AWESOME! Did you sign me up yet?!?!” Answer: “ABSOLUTELY!”
Thank you Derby Dames and EJRP and hurry up parents! Sign your daughter up for this amazing team: The Minor Catastrophes!