Age: 36

Occupation: Dog groomer

Non-derby hobbies: Hockey, the gym and walking my dogs

Tell us about your derby name.  It’s a play on words from the Mulligrub show, which was a kids’ series in the 1990s that was a little weird – a big purple face, that’s what I remember!  It’s something I got called at school, as it is part of my maiden name and being from a farm you always get grubby.

What’s the story behind your number? 24 is my favourite number. It’s the date on which I was born.  I also don’t like odd numbers!  Kind of weird I know!

How did you discover roller derby?  I think I first saw roller derby on a TV show.  It may have been an episode of Bones.  Then I got chatting with a friend who did it and found out about DPR.  It just seemed like a lot of fun so I came down for a trial and got hooked.

How long have you been with DPR? 7 years

What skating experience did you have when you joined? I did a little bit of rollerblading as a child but that’s it.  I seemed to pick up quads fairly quickly as an adult as skating is kind of like riding a bike – you never really forget.

What do you love about DPR… what keeps you here? The atmosphere – everyone is so encouraging and friendly.  At DPR we get more involved in the new recruits so they don’t feel unnoticed or left out.  I did roller derby for me as it made me feel good and built my confidence and self esteem. It’s fun, fitness and anger management all rolled into one sport, so what’s not to love?

Favourite derby moment so far? When I got to travel with my team over to Adelaide and compete at The Great Southern Slam (TGSS).  It’s the biggest tournament I have ever been to.  It was amazing to see so much roller derby in one weekend.  Watching Victorian Roller Derby League (VRDL) play and partying with my teammates was awesome too.

Biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?  I really struggled when I tore two ligaments in my knee, as fitness is my stress relief and helps me manage my mentality.  I helped out on the bench while it was healing but found it hard being around other skaters, as I really wanted to be back on skates with them.  The experience did help me to be more understanding of what others need though, when they cannot get skates on after an injury.  Touching base shows that they are missed and that you care.

What advice do you have for a new skater? Never compare yourself to another skater.  You will be on your own journey and will level up in your own time.  I have always compared myself to others which has made life difficult in all aspects.  But I’m working on not doing that for the future me.