I joined the Cape Town Rollergirls

This year I promised I would look after myself better, and in order to do that I swore I would set myself five goals and try my very best to ‘complete’ them. Goal number one was to exercise more and get into better shape, and the second one was to try something new.

However, the gym bores me shitless and I don’t like running on the road by myself, so there was a need to find another way to fit it in without me giving up three weeks in and it takes a lot for me to get past my introvert-ness and try something new.

Also, I am so conscious about what people think of me, so I don’t ever want to look like a knob. Sounds pretty impossible, I know. But I have done both of those goals already, and I am so proud of myself.

About the Cape Town Rollergirls open night

Last year at Cape Town Pride, I remembered seeing a bunch of really badass roller derby girls skating with the parade handing out leaflets and stickers, but I never thought about it very much until a month ago when I saw they were having an open night – which they have approx. every 10 weeks, in case you’re interested.

I enlisted Jeanne to come with me, and the both of us attended the open night, where I sat in awe of these strong women skating around the track at quite a speed, knocking each other over and standing their ground and I knew it would be something I would love to try out – which I thought was very unlike me, but I am trying to try new things and all that jazz. You know, step out of the box and all.

So after two hours of watching with my jaw hanging open, I decided to sign up and give it a go. I mean, I didn’t have to go back if I didn’t like it.

Lacing up and giving it a go

Tonight is my third practice and I am totally and completely hooked! Not on the technicalities of sport, as we have yet to even learn half of the manoeuvres yet, but on the intense training we do before even lacing up our skates, actually skating without falling on my arse, and feeling that intense and overwhelming rush of accomplishing something I never thought I would even try.

And on top of it all I love the amazing – and huge – group of derby girls, the sense of community and the amazing workout I get every single week – which is a quarter of the price of a gym membership and way more fun!

Anxiety and exercise

Another reason I was looking for something to get my heart pumping was because exercise is a natural way to help ease anxiety and stress – of which I have had a lot of late. According to Anxiety UK, the benefits of physical activity include:

  • Less tension, stress and mental fatigue
  • A natural energy boost
  • Improved sleep
  • A sense of achievement
  • Focus in life and motivation
  • Less anger or frustration
  • A healthy appetite
  • A better social life
  • Having fun!

All of which I feel I can benefit from and I feel will positively impact me, and – to be completely honest – I am feeling a change already.

Roller Derby name

So now I am on the hunt for my very own roller derby name and would love your help! Roller derby names are usually satirical or mock-violent in nature, involve a pun or a play on words and sometimes brings in an element or part of one of your names into play, too.

Our head coach added a hysterical link to our group’s WhatsApp convo with a link to a name generator, and here is what I got when I put my first and second name in and made it gender neutral:

Lee Malice AKA “The Diva Smacker”. Which I think I am going to give a miss, but is freaking hysterical!

Anyway, if any of your have any amazing names you feel might fit me, leave it down in the comments below for consideration. 😉

Roller Derby name: Update!

So one of my fellow wRECkies team mates is a roller-derby-name-generating-genius and came up with a name I am almost certain I am going to stick with: Clairevoyant, which is obviously a spin on clairvoyant.

Clairvoyant: adjective

[klair-voiuh nt]

1. having or claiming to have the power of seeing objects or actions beyond the range of natural vision:

Not being clairvoyant, I did not foresee the danger of ignoring her advice.

2. of, by, or pertaining to clairvoyance:

Unlike more talented witches, I had to make do with love potions and occasional clairvoyant visions.

3. a clairvoyant person:

A clever clairvoyant could make a fortune in the stock market.

Word story

Clairvoyant literally means “clear-sighted” in French, and for nearly 200 years that is what it meant in English as well. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that it took on the meaning of “having psychic gifts” or “seeing beyond” that it carries today.
In the 19th century, the term clairvoyant was widely used in a medical context. An especially astute doctor might be able to see a patient’s symptoms and try to make a “clairvoyant diagnosis.” While some of these doctors were legitimate and extremely skilled, the term “clairvoyant physician” was generally used to describe your typical 19th-century quack. Occasionally, these people were brought to justice. The 39th Volume of The Journal of the American Medical Association contains an article about one such court case, from 1898, in which one can find this rant: “Whether the plaintiff calls herself a medical clairvoyant, or a clairvoyant physician…matters little…it was held that she was not entitled to recover for her services, she having no license to practice medicine.”
As the meaning of clairvoyant started to shift, reference books of the time attempted to approximate the new uses of the word. The 1873 edition of The American Cyclopaedia describes a clairvoyant as someone who can see through opaque objects, therefore possessing the power to “read a book unopened, or a letter which is enclosed in a solid wood box.” Today, however, clairvoyant carries more spiritual connotations, and such skills would never be cheapened by freak-show displays like divining the text of an unopened book. Rather, the modern clairvoyant prefers only to “see” things that cannot be easily refuted by disbelieving skeptics.
What do you think? I really like it! Still, let me know if you have any other ideas below.

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