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My Name is Annie and I’m Fresh Meat.

Most people laugh when they hear me refer to myself as fresh meat.  I don’t blame them; the last time I used that phrase was in reference to freshmen in high school.  And you know what?  It’s exactly the same thing.

Freshman year of high school sucks.  It’s gut-wrenching and painful.  You learn completely new things about yourself, have to make new friends and find your niche.  Your curriculum changes and suddenly you’re learning really hard stuff.  And your bookbag gets REALLY heavy.

Starting roller derby is no different.  In the four weeks since I started the fresh meat program, I’ve pushed myself further than I ever thought I could.  I’ve skated on numb legs, forced myself to keep going when every muscle in my body was on fire, eaten more pain killers than those three times I threw my back out (combined), successfully and unsuccessfully fought back tears, and screamed more than a few expletives.  And I’m not even halfway through.  But you know what keeps me going?  This is something I really, really want to do.

I’m not athletic.  At all.  I’m definitely not the kind of person people associate with a sport, much less a sport like derby.  And I’ll admit that, while I didn’t think it would be a cakewalk, I didn’t expect it to be this rough, either.  Derby practices are HARD.  But I love it.  I love seeing myself improve each week.  And I can’t think of anything other than derby that can give me that kind of satisfaction.

I saw a quote the other day that sums it up perfectly: “It if is important to you, you will find a way.  If not, you’ll find an excuse.”  I will not find an excuse.

P.S. Oh, another way being fresh meat is like being a freshman in high school?  Skate bags are REALLY heavy.

From CQS Fresh Meat
Annie Lambert



Men’s and Women’s Derby In Columbia
CQS is hosting its first ever TRIPLE HEADER!!!

Come join us for some end of the season Roller Derby Excitement!!!

Kicking everything off at 3PM the Carolina Wrecking Balls are taking on South Florida Men’s Derby for their first bout held at Jamil Temple!

After that the fun still continues at 4:30PM when The Beloved CQS Allstars take on the Gold Coast Derby Grrls

Then Last but certainly not least at 6PM The Capitol City Vixens take on the Bells on Wheels for the HOME TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

Doors Open at 2PM.

12 Dollars at the door
10 in advance

Kids 10 and Under Free