Sheer determination puts skater back on track

Shan Grenade - Rotorua Roller Derby SkaterSHAN-GRENADE # 800M

The Sulphur City Steam Rollers​ are amped to announce that their resident unicorn skater SHAN-GRENADE will be playing her first game in 15 months on April 25th! Shan sustained a bad knee injury during SCSR’s first bout back in December 2013 and spent much of 2014 recuperating.

Shan is a food scientist by trade and is currently employed as a technical manager for a meat company. Along with working full-time and training hard, Shan is also mum to a three year old ‘mini-me’. With interests that include reading, music, making things, trail running and taxidermy (!), Shan’s spare time is limited but she spends every extra moment working for the Steam Rollers. As the current Chairperson and one of the league’s Coaches, Shan-Grenade is a huge asset to Rotorua’s roller derby league.

In 2012 SCSR performed a demonstration under the headlights of one of the skater’s vehicles during the Rotorua Fire & Ice Festival. Shan attended this demonstration and was hooked as she watched the skaters scrimmage on the uneven road surface.

“I was told I wasn’t big enough, tough enough or weird enough (whaaaat?) to play so of Roller Derby Wivescourse I had to show the doubters.”

Shan’s superhero-like determination kicked in and she proceeded to prove them wrong. Shan had a natural skating ability, incredible agility and speed and a never-quit attitude and was skills tested with flying colours in February 2013.

While SCSR were on somewhat of a hiatus during that year, Shan and her derby wife Princess Die played a full season with the Whakatane Roller Derby League with which SCSR has close ties. Shan loved her time with WRDL as a skater and felt privileged to have been a part of the league’s first season. Now that SCSR are back on track, all focus is on growing Rotorua’s league.

Shan and Die met through the Steam Rollers, and Die ‘proposed’ to Shan at the Roller Derby Nationals in 2013 when they were pool playing for WRDL. Die gifted Shan a handmade ring (thanks to McFeerce)… which Shan proceeded to lose a year later at a Nine Inch Nails / Queens of the Stone Age concert. But her lobster Die forgave her, as only a loyal wife would.

The Steam Rollers were devastated when Shan was injured in 2013, twisting her knee and tearing her ACL when getting hit out while jamming. Shan then sustained a second injury on the same knee in March 2014 with hyper-extension and an impact fracture.

New Zealand Roller DerbyMany skaters would have called it quits. The prognosis was a long and drawn out healing process with some doubt that Shan would be able to play again. But the doubt didn’t come from Shan-Grenade. She may have lost her ability to skate for a time, but she didn’t lose her die hard attitude. While injured, Shan continued to coach SCSR’s endurance sessions, attend boot camps off skates to take notes, help in fundraisers and remained active on the committee, Shan even benched SCSR’s 2014 games.

Having trained and competed in Tae Kwon Do in her past, Shan is a very disciplined person and set goals for healing and rehabilitation realising that it was either rest the injury or never skate again. Shan recommends cycling on a wind trainer while listening to music or pod casts and running.

“Once you’re back on skates you can deal with the derby fitness.”Skater Shan Grenade - Rotorua Roller Derby

Shan also purchased an amazing pair of custom Bonts as a goal, so she HAD to get better to be able to use them.

Shan believes that if you really want to stay involved in derby as a skater and rehabilitate you can.

“Keep a routine of being involved with your league and don’t let yourself get too isolated. And watch games on YouTube!”

Shan-Grenade participated in her first non-positional game play in March this year during the SCSR team
trials and is part of the SCSR Development Team due to play BCR Twisted Sisters on April 25
th 4pm at the Rodney Green Centennial Events Centre in Napier.

On the track, Shan-Grenade is a lethal weapon. Expect to see a strong blocker and nimble jammer who prefers to use her toe stops for running and juking. Shan is a reliable team player who other skaters look to for guidance and reassurance and SCSR can’t wait to get back on the track with their modern day super hero, SHAN-GRENADE #800M!

The Sulphur City Steam Rollers are always seeking new members for their Rotorua league. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

About Layla Robinson

Creative director of WildSide Promotions. World famous in Rotorua for unique and top quality events including the Rotorua Zombie Walk, Nightmare at the Museum and Slam Rock. Writer, promoter, marketer, guerrilla, digital fiend and your business's best friend forever!
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