Apologies! It's been a while since we've shared a featured skater. We knew who we wanted to write about, it's just we kinda had too many things we wanted to say.
This week's skater will sett off to cull the opposition whether in black or white. Never one to hibernate and always looking out for our newest cubs, it's Evil Badger!
Badger has been with Surrey since the beginning, and it's safe to say she's had a massive impact on the league in that time. Serving as a director, she's constantly on the ball - keeping everyone around her organised and working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure we are running smoothly. And outside of Surrey, Badger is a well known face in the derby community, an advocate for co-ed derby and the first contact many of us had with the league; we're so, so proud to have her representing us.
Organisation isn't her only strength though; as a coach Badger has brought back loads of advice and techniques from bootcamps and rollercon - under-the-body whips remaining our firm favourite. At practice, Badger has helped every single skater round about her make improvements and push themselves a little bit further, from attempting their first crossovers to nailing their position in a wall. She probably won't appreciate me mentioning that she's considered our "team mum", but she's absolutely someone we can all trust for support.
On track, Badger's abilities speak for themselves. She's a strong, adaptable and hard-hitting blocker who is utterly terrifying whether doing offense or defence. As a pivot or jammer, she's more than capable of leaving a wall in fragments, and we can't wait to see her don the star even more often. And if you think she's already tough, you'll be pleased to learn she's started lifting weights ;)
Badger isn't just about the big hits though - when it comes to tactics and communication, she'll bring a wall together on track and genuinely help everyone work as a team. We're so excited to see what we can achieve with her as our vice captain this year :D