#1098 Amy Spears

amy spears
Number of years playing derby:
2019 will be my 14th.

How did you get into derby?
In 2005, I hemmed and hawed about joining up until I finally got the confidence up to walk in the door as my 2006 New Year’s resolution. Three practices later, I was scrimmaging, and the rest is history.

What are your other hobbies?
Knitting, paper crafts, drawing, hanging out with my two little dogs (@licorice_and_blackjack on Instagram), and more recently, aerial silks and trapeze.

What is your sports background?
I’ve skated recreationally since I was four. Other than that and softball and track growing up, that was it.

How/why did you pick your derby name?
It’s my real name. I had a derby name, but I only used it for about 3 years. I was Alli Catraz, but she’s long gone. I switched back after I realized this was my real life after all.

How has derby impacted your life?
By pretty much taking it over. I served on the OHRD Board of Directors for five years, our Training Committee for five, and have done lots of odd jobs for the league. I became one of our reps to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in 2008. Later, I became the Membership Pillar Officer, working with member leagues all over the world, and then spent 2 years as Vice President of WFTDA.

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