Lady Trample

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Lady Trample
Personal information
Birth nameSamara Pepperell
Nickname(s)Lady Trample
NationalityNew Zealand
Born1991
Auckland, New Zealand
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Sport
CountryNew Zealand
SportRoller derby
ClubWFTDA
Pirate City Rollers (2012-16)
Victorian Roller Derby League (2016-present)
TeamPirate City All Scars (2012-16)
VRDL All-Stars (2016-present)
Achievements and titles
Regional finals WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs winner: 2016, 2017
National finalsWFTDA Championships winner 2017

Lady Trample (born 1991), real name Samara Pepperell, is a roller derby skater from New Zealand. Winner of the Most Valuable Player award at the 2017 WFTDA Championships, she is also the founder of the Chicks in Bowls organisation.

Born in Auckland in New Zealand, Pepperell worked as a graphic designer with a fibre company. She began roller skating with a friend in 2011, and the experience of learning led her to form Chicks in Bowls, initially a small group of friends who attended skate parks. The brand grew rapidly, and by 2014 there were more than 120 chapters on five continents.[1]

In 2012, Pepperell joined the local Pirate City Rollers, and was soon rostered to play for the league. She chose the derby name "Lady Trample" from her love of Disney films, punning on The Lady and the Tramp. The league won the 2013 New Zealand Championship, at which she was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. At the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup, she played for Team New Zealand.[1]

Trample transferred to the Victorian Roller Derby League (VRDL) in 2016, moving to Melbourne in Australia. This represented a significant step up in level of play from Pirate City, and in 2017 the league won the WFTDA Championships, the first non-U.S. league to do so. Trample was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.[2][3]

Trample competed for the renamed Aotearoa Roller Derby at the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup, at which she won the Tournament Fan Favourite award.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rodriguez, Siouxsie (3 February 2015). "Rumbling Thunder Award – Lady Trample". Blood & Thunder. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ Schetzer, Alana (9–15 December 2017). "Jammer class: Lady Trample, 26, roller derby skater". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 30 April 2018.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  3. ^ George, Zoe (8 December 2017). "Jamming with Lady Trample, Para Climbing and Gymnast Turned Weightlifter". WiSP Sports and Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  4. ^ "The 2018 Roller Derby World Cup Was Worth The Wait". The Apex. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.