Shaolynn Scarlett - #888
Riedell Skate Setup:
- Boots: Custom Riedell Solaris
- Plates: PowerDyne Arius Platinum
- Cushions: PowerDyne Arius Split Butterfly Cushions - Royal Blue (89A)
- Bearings: KwiK Ceramic
- Wheels: Radar Halo
- Gear Bag: Riedell Travel Bag
Years Playing Derby: 9 years
Current Team(s) Skating For:
- London Rollergirls - London, UK
- Team England
Position: Blocker, occasional Pivot
Why I choose to skate Riedell:
For me, Riedell has always been the highest quality and most reliable skates. They are hard wearing and always perform well under all the pressure I put them under, and they look fantastic. Over the years I’ve been wearing Riedell, they are always pushing to innovate the different elements of the skate – whether it’s the more responsive Arius plates or the unique Halo wheels. My feet just love Riedell skates!
What I love about Roller Derby:
I’ve always been quite sporty, but I love how roller derby is about more than just the sport. The community is constantly striving to be inclusive and to provide the best environment for everyone to be the very best they can be, and this spirit really does carry through every single person who is a part of this sport – skater, referee, NSO, photographer, commentator or fan. Because of this, the sport is always evolving, which is incredibly exciting to be part of.
One piece of derby advice for someone just starting out:
Embrace the challenge. Roller derby is really hard a lot of the time, but that’s not because you’re failing – it’s because you’re pushing yourself more than you probably ever have before. So enjoy it and keep pushing!
My best derby memory:
I have loads of great derby memories, mostly revolving around fun times hanging out with London Rollergirls at tournaments and on tours. But captaining for England at the 2014 World Cup was really special. There was an incredible atmosphere all weekend, and we went into the final against Team USA held together by tape and powered by adrenalin. We lost the game but played a fantastic match, so much so that we had a huge bundle on Kamikaze Kitten at the end of the last jam as if we had won. It was a very satisfying silver medal to win.
What I consider to be my super power:
Communication! I’ve been telling everyone to do it for nine years. You’ll find it’s really helpful on track.