#1098 Amy Spears

Number of years playing derby:
2017 will be 11 playing, 12 in derby.

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. After 10 years with OHRD, and spending time playing with pickup teams like Midwest Mega, Team Ohio All Stars, and Berzerker, I needed a break. I went to the “Ten Years On, One Year Off” plan, spent a year coaching Gang Green and our Charter Team, and I’m headed back on skates for 2017.

What are your other hobbies?
Derby ate them all. But on occasion, I do still knit and do other general crafty things. And on my break year, I got a little dog who does things that amuse me.

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.

Do you have a favorite or signature move?
After a year off skates, I’m trying to remember them all.

How has derby impacted your life?
By pretty much taking it over. I served on OHRD’s 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 chair Membership Pillar Officer, working with WFTDA member leagues all over the world.

In May 2015 I was elected as Vice President of the Board of Directors for WFTDA, which brought me a whole new level of involvement in the sport, planning our future from a global perspective.

Had you told me any of this in 2005 — like, “you’ll present awards on ESPN3” or “you’ll go to Australia to attend a tournament” — I’d have laughed at you. But this is my life now.

Any other fun facts about yourself:
I can move my nose like a hamster. I’ve only ever met one person who can do it.

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