#1 Birch Slap

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Number of years playing derby:
This will be my third season.

How did you get into derby?
I first saw Burning River play when I lived in Cleveland, then I met a player from Hades Ladies in Marietta after living there and did a few of Hades Ladies’ boot camps/attended some practices. When I moved to Columbus, I did one session of Ohio Rec league in the Summer before trying out in the Fall for Ohio Roller Derby.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Traveling, art, trying new foods, being outdoors.

Who inspires you?
My mom and grandmothers for being very different role models and examples of strong women. My family in general. My teammates. My League-mates.

What is your sports background?
I played a few years of basketball in high school and played volleyball all four years (still playing sand volleyball for fun). I played softball from the time I was in elementary school through my junior year as a college undergraduate.

How/Why did you pick your derby name?
I appreciate reclamation of words and the reclamation of the word B**** by women. I wanted to make B**** Slap a positive term and also use my last name as a play on words. Corny Example: “I want to Birch Slap a lot of points up on that score board this year as a jammer.”

Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals?
Pre-bout: Stretching, sometimes a little skating around my house (with all my gear on), thinking positively about myself and my teammates. Post-bout: Spending time with my league at the after party. Come join us!

Do you have a favorite or signature derby move?
I’m trying to be as jukey, quick, and strong as I can be.

How has derby impacted your life?
I feel that derby is the most complex and challenging sport in rules, strategy, athleticism and skill. Derby has challenged me both physically and mentally and continues to do so at every practice and every game. It has challenged me to work through my anxieties and second-guessing myself (still working on this). It pushes me to build my strength and endurance (always working on this). Derby is literally getting up when you’ve been knocked down and pushing through when there are obstacles in your way. Ohio Roller Derby is made up of so many unique and strong individuals who I’m fortunate to call friends. They are some of the most supportive and fierce individuals I have ever met. Derby is empowering. I love that every person’s body type has a place and is encouraged in derby. You can look at our team and see how each player brings their own tenacity on the track in different ways.

Any other fun facts about yourself?
Some of my teammates like to call me by the nickname they created “Baby Meat Legs”.

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