#1 Birch Slap

How did you get into derby?
Met the awesome Hades Ladies team in Marietta, OH, during their boot camps. Moved to Columbus, OH, and wanted to continue learning. Joined OH!RL (Rec League) then tried out for OHRD in fall 2016.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Art, travel, eating

Who inspires you?
My mother and many other strong women out there. Pretty much every derby player I’ve ever met.

What is your sports background?
Played softball most of my life including some college ball. Played volleyball and some basketball in middle and high school. Sand volleyball in the summer. Did one semester of crew in undergrad.

How/Why did you pick your derby name?
Wanted to use a play on words with my last name (Birch).

Do you have a favorite or signature derby move?
Still learning all the moves!

How has derby impacted your life?
It has been amazing to be around such an inspiring group of people. Derby players are mentally and physically tough and at the same time are such a supportive group of humans. I’ve never experienced this kind of support in other sports. The game never stops challenging me, but I also experience little successes each time I put on my skates.

Any other fun facts about yourself?
You’ve got 99 problems and a Birch is one.

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