Meet the team

Garryck
Schrödinger's Phat #1691
Fresh meat coach & referee
Border City Roller Derby, Carlisle, UK

Who are you and what do you do?
My name's Garryck, everyone calls me G or Coach Phat. I founded Border City Roller Derby (Carlisle, UK) in July 2015 with a friend, and I've been hooked on roller derby since. I mostly coach fresh meat and am currently training to be a ref and NSO.

What is your involvement with Derby Directory?
When I was first introduced to roller derby I wished there had been a website that contained loads of stuff within easy reach, which is the reason I wanted to put this website together. As a freshie, I would have found it useful I guess! I haven't been able to find anything similar (though I do have a bad habit of not looking hard enough) so thought I'd put a website together with some friends in the hope that it helps someone out there. This website is aimed at those starting roller derby in the UK, but maybe one day it will cover worldwide.

What advice do you have for newbies looking at this website?
Roller Derby is a big committment, but it's also one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Don't compare your own journey to your fellow team mates. Everyone is unique and everyone learns at different speeds. As they say, be your own hero!

Julia
Hoolia #2122
Coach & badass jammer
Border City Roller Derby, Carlisle, UK

Who are you and what do you do?
Hi my name is Hoolia aka Julia Ivanszky (apparently that is my real name! Boo!!!) and I am a watersport instructor! Found my passion for the outdoors after I almost died of boredom in an office! I am a crazy foreigner who mainly jams for BCRD!

What is your involvement with Derby Directory?
I am what we can call the perfectionist behind the scenes who tries to make everything look pretty! All credit goes to Coach Phat! 😉

What advice do you have for newbies looking at this website?
Inhale... It's a lot to bloody take in at once! But if you think that there is something that you cant find on the our website give us a shout and we will do our best to add it!!! Enjoy the Derby life... It's a fantastic one, full of surprises and bruises!

 
Thanks for visiting! We hope you find the site useful and enjoy your roller derby journey!

Hoolia & Phat <3

Thanks!

We just want to say a huge thank you to a few people for contibuting towards this site. We love working on it and couldn't make it what it is without the amazing roller derby community.

Phat thanks: My partner Sophie for proof reading, and for putting up with me in general, especially supporting me with this project when you're always reminding me that I already do too much. You're the best. Thanks to my team mates at Border City Roller Derby for allowing us to use photos of you guys on the site. Thanks to all the guest coaches who are happy to be added to the directory. Thanks to Hoolia for agreeing to be my partner in crime on this project! You constantly inspire me and I'm proud to be your friend.  Finally thank you to all the contributors listed below!

Contributors

Thank you to all the contributors listed below who added to the site!

Photographers
A big shout out to the following photographers for the amazing photos of our coaches on the bootcamps page: NSP 189, Morgan Silk, Treblemaker, John Hesse, Laura McDonald

Collaborators
A huge thanks to Sam Skipsey for the fantastic review on Scottish Roller Derby, and for helping us make some important edits in the very early days.